Growing up, I wasn’t a big volunteer-er. It wasn’t until I was older that I found myself volunteering more and more. During this process, I started wondering “Why do people volunteer?” I found some reasons were pretty straight forward, to get to know a community, to share a skill or to demonstrate commitment to a cause or belief. Others reasons were good strategies like to gain leadership skills or as a civil duty. What really surprised me though was how many volunteered because of pressure from a friend or relative or just to feel needed. Drawing on my studies of generational cultures, I realized the beauty of volunteerism is that each volunteer (young or old) brings to the table passion, skills and creativity. Most recently, I was clearing brush and weeds for our town's pollinator pathway with several other fellow volunteers. As we worked, it became obvious that we had a common goal, a common resolve…divide and conquer the weeds. Our choice of tools were different (after all, some generations aren’t as familiar with garden tools as others) but the resolve was the same “get the job done.” Passion and commitment to a cause and belief don’t have age requirements so I encourage you to give it a try. You might just find yourself along the way; I did.
Shop local and donate food or cleaning supplies to those in need as well as your Police/EMTs/Truckers/Nurses/Doctors etc. Do food swaps with your neighbors to try different recipes and possibly experience a different culture.
Pick up litter while you are walking. Send or post a word of encouragement to a friend, loved one or a complete stranger. Offer to grocery shop for an elderly neighbor or spring clean up his/her yard. Smile 📷
Start group conferences with friends, neighbors, co-workers to share ideas on how you can make a difference in your community during this crisis