Kricket’s Happy Korner: Volunteering

Let’s talk about volunteering and how awesome it is. 🙂 If you didn’t know already, I volunteer for Foothills Animal Shelter. I go in on Saturday’s and walk dogs for 2 hours, and then spot clean the kennels. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

Not me, but you get the idea. 

My previous volunteering experiences have not been as good. As a teenager, the youth organizations of my church gave us a lot of “opportunities” to serve, and most of them I did not like. Going and singing to old people at a nursing home always scared me (thanks traumatizing experience, Brownies). And going to other people’s home to clean it, worst idea ever. “Service Projects” always made me cringe because it generally involved helping other people. I’m not really a people person.

Don’t get me wrong, I love people. I’m also pretty good in social situations and I’m even comfortable standing up and giving talks or teaching a class. It’s just, given a choice between helping people or picking up dog poop… Hand me the pooper scooper please.

So what made me think of spending my Saturday afternoons volunteering? Well, for a while now I’ve dreamed of the time when the kids would all be in school and I’d have entire afternoons to my self and the idea of volunteering at an animal shelter always appealed to me. Then, one day it dawned on me that I didn’t have to wait that long.

I’ll admit, my reasoning for starting were 100% selfish, and that’s okay. I wanted to get some time away from the kids and I wanted to play with animals. All of these desires are totally self serving. But yesterday, as I was walking dogs and seeing how happy they were, with their cute little puppy smiles and the way their tails wag, I realized that I’m helping them more then they’re helping me and it made me feel really good.

You’re smiling because he’s smiling. 🙂

And who doesn’t want to feel good?

So, if you’re looking for something good and productive to do on the weekends, a good place to start is JustServe.org . There you can find projects in your area. Also, if you’re interested in helping animals, look up your local animal shelter or humane society to see if they are in need of help (trust me, they are).

Well, thanks for reading and I hope you have a Magnificent Monday!

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