I really enjoy volunteer work. Back home in Missouri, I got bit by the volunteer bug at an early age. We had a group in my hometown called the Junior Elsberry Community Betterment Association (JECBA). We did everything from picking up litter, to pulling weeds at parks, and our big momentous project during my tenure was bringing the Vietnam Veterans “Moving Wall” to our community. We also took an educational trip each summer to locations including New Orleans, Niagara Falls, and Washington, D.C. I loved the feeling of being a “do-gooder,” and I continued my volunteerism through college.
As a working adult, of course, it’s much harder to find time in your schedule to give back. You’re already cramming in a hectic work schedule, family life, social obligations, and more. But it continues to be important to me, so anytime I get the chance, I get to work. This weekend, Floyd & I put in some sweat with two friends from our small group Bible study group to work on a Habitat for Humanity house. We spent about 6 hours mudding and taping the home’s drywall. It was hard work, and we were achy top to bottom after it all, but it was SO REWARDING! I’ve helped with Habitat projects for about four years now, and love Habitat so much because you have a physical product to look at for your labor. Someone will live in that house with their family, and we helped put it together. It’s so good to make the time to give back–because the intrinsic and spiritual rewards are well worth the effort.
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This post was written by kmashek on July 30, 2012