Library Diva's Guide to Volunteering…

{November 29, 2010}   Meals on Wheels

I’m sure it wasn’t just me that  dreaded the Monday after a long holiday. I thought of how I had planned my week and I was smart in keeping the appointments at bay. Lots of things need to be wrapped up at the end of the month, reports, stats, and all the housekeeping that goes with, so I began scheduling the first full week in December. That said, it still didn’t make me want to wake up with the roosters the Monday after Thanksgiving. Until I got a text from my friend, Sarah. “Want to deliver meals with me? Meet me at 10:40 at the hospital parking lot behind the ER”.  Sarah’s company is on a corporate route for Meals on Wheels and she delivers the 3rd and 5th Monday of the month. I shifted my day to a close and took advantage of a few extra zzzz’s.

We had 12 people on our route today. All extremely thankful and happy to see us. It’s a pretty large route,  spread out and about, and aside from an almost missed brown bag and a knocked over trash can it went along smoothly.  All in all it took about 2 hours from start to finish. I always mention that even a volunteer manager volunteers, and this type of volunteering is extremely rewarding and fun.

I met two of Sarah’s favorite people on her route. I’ve heard her stories of filling bird feeders in a business suit and pumps with one or coming in and seeing her elderly gentleman with his napkin, fork and knife laid out ready for her, but to actually meet them made it all the more special.

I was fresh off that feeling of making a difference and for some reason, it was easy to check voice mail today and return calls about volunteering!


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