Category Archives: volunteer

Volunteering at the Riverview Boys & Girls

Enjoyable time reading to 5th graders about Barack Obama. Very interactive session with engaged kids.

I love to prepare for career panels

I love to prepare for career panels.

I love to visualize the presentation as I do with all speeches. It helps me get ready and more confident about the presentation.

Best of all, the preparation shows through on the day of the career panel.

I love to prepare for career panels!

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I love to help senior citizens improve their computer skills

I love to help senior citizens improve their computer skills.

My oldest daughter is volunteering to help senior citizens improve their computer skills. I happened to take her the last time. Since it lasts two hours and I didn’t want to go back home, I decided to stay and help.

It was the first time I had volunteered to help senior citizens and I enjoyed the experience. I helped a Cuban gentleman with internet privacy, how to save documents and take pictures and how to email them.

I also enjoyed learning a little about him personally and his history.

I will likely be doing it again in the near future.

I love to help senior citizens improve their computer skills!

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I love to cheer runners at races as they approach the finish line

I love to cheer runners at races as they approach the finish line.

Two of my daughters and I went to volunteer at a local 5K race to support veterans and first responders (i.e. police and firefighters) . It seemed like most volunteer jobs were taken so they assigned us to be cheerleaders. In other words, to cheer runners on as they approach the finish line.

This is something I normally do after running races so this came natural to me. For my daughters, it was the first time they were actively cheering others, but it was a positive experience for them as well.

I enjoy doing this because runners react positively to it. They often smile and say thanks as they pass us or come back after they finish and express gratitude and mention that the little extra push helped them finish strong.

I love to see them feel the energy rush when I tell them to push it to the finish.

I love to cheer runners at races as they approach the finish line!

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I love that my daughter, Aaliyah, found her first job

I love that my daughter, Aaliyah, found her first job.

Aaliyah is a senior this year and something that she wanted to do this year was get a job and she found one.

As you may or may not know, we have been volunteering more regularly and one of the places that we recently volunteered with was Habitat for Humanity.

I got to speaking with one of the volunteer coordinators at the job site and mentioned Aaliyah. I then introduced them to each other and, well, the rest is history.

Aaliyah is now a regularly scheduled volunteer at the nearby Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore is nonprofit home improvement store where they receive item donations from people and they in turn sell the used furniture and other household items to raise funds for projects.

Today was her first day and she will be working there 3 days per week. She said she enjoyed it. She was assisting customers and answering the phone.

I know she will do great in her first job. I am proud!

I love that my daughter, Aaliyah, found her first job!

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I love to see fellow volunteers that are happy to volunteer

I love to see fellow volunteers that are happy to volunteer.

Today, we volunteered to stock food and other supermarket items with Hands On Orlando at the Community Food Center. This was my first time doing this sort of volunteering. It was a positive experience overall.

I met a couple of ladies that were also volunteering and they seemed happy and helpful. That is what I normally expect, I suppose, because as the name suggests “volunteering” is something that you do voluntarily. However, as we venture deeper into the volunteering world, we discover that there is also court ordered “volunteering.”

Technically speaking, it is not volunteering because you are obligated to do it. As is almost the case with students who must volunteer to meet a certain service hour commitment to graduate. We’ll call these “school-ordered.”

Oftentimes, the “court-ordered” and “school-ordered” volunteers are not in the happiest of moods, but they make an effort. And that is valuable in and of itself.

My curiosity is with others that fall outside of the groups above, like the two ladies I mentioned at the beginning. We were stocking groceries. It’s not a difficult job, but if anyone has ever worked in supermarkets knows, it can be annoying when customers mess up the stuff you are stocking or interrupt your stocking process.

I was working with these ladies in the most messy aisle, which was the pharmaceuticals and personal care aisle. There were large tubs full of mostly small items that needed to be stocked. It was probably the most trafficked aisle by customers. It seemed like a natural recipe for chaos.

Yet, these ladies held their composure and were happy to help customers, too. Our main task was stocking but when customers asked them for help finding an item, they were happy to oblige and took it upon themselves to really help them out.

If I had thought about this earlier, I would have asked them: why do you volunteer?

I’ll keep that question in mind in future volunteering activities. I’m sure there will be some standard answers and there may be some pleasant surprises.

I love to see fellow volunteers that are happy to volunteer!

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I love when strangers come together to build something for an unprivileged family

I love when strangers come together to build something for an unprivileged family.

Today, we volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for the first time. It was an awesome experience to see mostly complete strangers coming together to work on the yard of this house destined for a single mom with two kids.

We cleared the lawn of debris and lay new sod. It was our first time doing it and we did a pretty good job.

We will definitely go out to help Habitat again in the near future!

I love when strangers come together to build something for an unprivileged family!

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