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January 22, 2017

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Thanks for the update! Can't wait to see what comes next for you. Luckily my church offers many opportunities to do volunteer work, and I'm cooking food next week at with other UUs for a local Bread of Life soup kitchen. :)

Janice, for many, places of worship are a good way to get started on building a volunteering life. Enjoy cooking for the soup kitchen (would love to hear about what you end up making).

It always surprises me that finding a place to volunteer can be a challenge. I've had friends who wanted to volunteer to help make/serve a holiday meal to those without families or the money to make a holiday meal, only to be told by several organizations that they weren't needed. I suppose there comes a point where more is less, but it does sometimes feel like there would always be enough room for a willing helper - greeter, driver, entertainer - whatever.

Good luck and I look forward to following your journey.

Debbie, some organizations are better (more creative) at using volunteers than others. What I'm finding is that the time between when I contact an organization and when I actually begin working there is longer than it used to be, often several months. Perseverance pays off, as does flexibility; if what they need right now is someone to stuff envelopes, do that. Be willing to help with their mission. I'll talk about that in a later post.

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