Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Why I Volunteer and what I get out of it

I have always been a helper. It think it's kinda in my DNA. You invite me to a party, I will ask what I can bring, help you set out the food, and stay to clean up after. When the girls started preschool, then kindergarten, I became a room mom. By 1st grade I was ready to dip my toe into the PTA waters and joined the school's parent group as the secretary. I have since moved to the Treasurer position, Assistant Troop Leader of their Girl Scout Troop, Concession Leader for their Swim Team, and Yearbook Club Advisor. Your basic love to hate her mom who spends way too much time at school for someone who does not get paid to be there.

Volunteering so much takes up a lot of my time, but for the most part, I love it. It gives me a chance to be involved with the process of their organizations, and I get to spend more time with them. But beyond that, I hope I am setting a good example for my girls. It's a lot of hard work, for no pay, and often comes with complaining parents, most of whom rarely if ever volunteer, but love to tell me how everything should be done. I heard a quote recently from Theodore Roosevelt that said "Work hard at work worth doing." and that is what I really get out of volunteering.

 
It is a tough job most of the time but the work is totally worth doing. It means so much to not only my kids, but the other kids. If I had not gotten involved with the Girls Scouts, we would not have that opportunity at my children's school. Same goes for the yearbook club, and for having a yearbook at all for that matter. It takes parents to step up and give their time, even when they only have a little time to offer. Trust me, even if you have an hour to give, I'll bet the organizations you are involved in would take it.
 
  Another big part of volunteering for me is getting to interact with all different types of kids. Having four children myself, I sometimes lump all kids together and think of them as all having the same likes, dislikes and attitudes. Working so often with so many other children really expands my horizon. Some days I wonder why I do it, but then, I get to give a child an experience they would otherwise not have, or even just give them a bag of popcorn from the concession stand, and they give me a big smile in return, and it's all worth it.