Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Resolve 2013: Volunteerism: Start Small

"Continuing the Resolution Tour..."

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When I think of volunteering I am immediately overwhelmed with possibilities.  For many years, I did no regularly scheduled volunteering. There just wasn’t enough hours in the week to know I could commit to a schedule. My volunteering tended to be things like “I’ll read that for you.” “I’ll build that website for you.” Or “I’ll coordinate a contest.”  Time-limited and something I could do from home were the key elements.. Now that I’m not working 60 hours a week at another job and writing on the side, I’ve been wondering where and how I should volunteer.  Actually, it’s kind of scary.

My natural tendency is to want to solve a problem like hunger or homelessness or education access.  Nope too big for me right now.  For 2013 I decided, instead, to focus smaller. To focus on my small community and to take on something that would benefit the community and benefit me.  I decided to volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society.

I’ve been wanting to adopt one or two cats. Our three Ohio humane society rescue cats have all passed away over the past five years. The last one left us almost two years ago now.  My husband, however, isn’t ready to have new pets yet. So, I’ve decided to satiate my cat need by volunteering at the local humane society. I can play with cats, feed them, socialize them, clean their spaces and get my cat fix while still doing something they need.  It’s a small thing, but it counts.

If you are considering volunteering, think close to home and what cause you want to support. Start small. A couple hours a month is fine, or an hour a week. Whatever you can schedule. There are so many worthy causes and everyone needs more help.

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I'm also including a list of the 9 bloggers and their resolution:

THE RESOLUTION TOUR - January 1 - 9, 2013

Maggie Jaimeson - Take a Vacation
Jessa Slade - Get Organized
Paty Jager - Volunteerism
Linda Mercury - Creating a Literary (or Creative) Life
Jenna Bayley-Burke - Eat Healthier
Cassiel Knight - No More Procrastination
Cathryn Cade - Take Time for those OTHER Creative Passions
Su Lute - Reduce Stress: Find and Follow Your Bliss
Jamie Brazil - Shrink My Closet 

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I'm talking about losing weight over at Jenna Bayley-Burke's blog today. Come on by.


pollidog said...

I love this idea of getting your pet fix at the shelter. A couple of my neighbors volunteer there, one assists in the surgeries. Who knows, maybe the volunteering will inspire a story line?

Anonymous said...

Actually, I have an ulterior motive besides my pet fix. I'm hoping that at some point my DH is ready for us to adopt again. As for a story line, I do have a large cat in my new YA, Chameleon. I also have three cats in my Sweetwater Canyon series of books. So, they do show up. :)

Jessa Slade said...

Aw, it's good for you AND the cats. What a perfect little microcosm of love :)

Linda Mercury said...

I love the idea of volunteering close to home.

Evelyn Bohn said...

Maggie, I can't believe it took this long to find your post today. You should have said something on your blog. Anyway, I think you should tell your husband that you need cats now. You can still volunteer at the shelter but you have to adopt them too. Tell him I said so. Ha. Ha.

Jessie said...

Good for you! I have always wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter but I know the kittens would slip into my purse and come home with me :-)