I started volunteering when my children entered the “school” phase of life.
For most of their Elementary school years I have been blessed with either not working or with a very flexible job that allowed me to be there for my kids at school and in the afternoons.
My volunteering started out with a school wide request for assistance. I quickly found a place I could use my skills. From that day on I was hooked.
Since volunteering at the school level, I have discovered the amazing benefits of taking an active role in my children’s daily world.
The teachers manage to take field trips with ALL the kids. They create a classroom atmosphere that makes my children WANT to get up and go to school! There is no throwing themselves on the ground demanding they don’t go-nope. They love their friends and all the smiling faces of the adults.
This week this amazing school became the 1st in our district history to receive an Academic Performance Index test score over 900! The state target is 800 and the average is in the high 800s for our district. But we broke through the 900’s – an Elementary school! This amazing accomplishment was achieved by a staff that cares, students that thrive, and volunteers that support the same goals.
Being a booster member and volunteer in many capacities over the years has given me the opportunity to discover new interests and bring out skills that I never knew I was capable of. A creative side has blossomed and I have applied my skills in different ways. I have also grown as a mother because I can relate and understand my children’s lives better now that I have been in their world.
The saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” is true. I live in California and have no immediate family living out here to assist with raising these amazing children. It would not be possible to give my kids so many of the fun times they have had without our community of friends, teachers, mentors, and just good caring people in my life.
The list of people who have stepped up to be “family” is so long. So whether your assistance has been long term or just a brief moment, I do hope you fully understand how much you are appreciated. You know who you are and I hope that every time you have assisted in my family’s life, I have made it LOUD AND CLEAR that I truly appreciate it! THANK YOU!
Experiencing the emotions of this planet – negative or positive- is what keeps us learning. Volunteering can open your eyes to a part of the world you don’t see every day. With that will come emotions of compassion, joy, sadness, hope, understanding, encouragement, accomplishment, and belief in others. All emotions you may experience daily and not even recognize. But when you are in a volunteer situation, you just look at life differently.
The word volunteer just triggers a different way of seeing the world.
It’s a term and action that was created to help us remember who we should be while here. We are all from the same source and all God’s angels. We are meant to help each other grow through all the challenges and support each other along their path.
Volunteering truly benefits YOU more than what you gave.
Much Love and Giving.