autumn days

Friday, December 31, 2010

volunteers wanted

Dear Hannah,

My parents started early getting me excited about volunteering.  As a child I regularly volunteered in retirement homes and libraries.  Your grandparents continue donating their time in libraries, soup kitchens, schools, and their church.  I continued volunteering as an adult.  I prepared activities and themed books and read them to daycare children through the local library.  I shuffled papers for a local non-profit organization.  These opportunities helped me practice my creativity, learn more compassion, generosity, and patience.  And I want to share these learning opportunities with you.  Motherhood has temporarily kept me from my volunteering adventures, though soon we three (you, your brother Liam), and me will be heading out into the world to share our time.  Your natural charm would flourish in a retirement home, you would bring extra creativity to the library's children's crafts, or you'd learn about an ecosystem while collecting garbage at the beach.  There are so many things you would enjoy.  Remembering the value and pleasure of donating personal time, you and I will talk about it and plot a course to get out there to bring a smile to someone's face.  The longest journey begins with a single step, and life nowadays feels like so many single steps.  Let this new journey begin.

Happy travels,
your mama

More links to come!

find a local library
Clackamas County
Clackamas County Library
Multnomah County
Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County animal services
Zenger Farm volunteering

US Fish and Wildlife Service 
World Wildlife Fund

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