Do you ever notice that the same people seem to volunteer and/or pitch in, to do what’s needed, to get things done, time after time? I am far from superwoman. I don’t have my hand in every cookie jar, and I don’t intend to. But I do stretch myself. I’m a mom of three little ones, a wife, daughter to my dad who needs more and more love and attention than ever…I’m also a Brownie Troop Leader, a member of the Board of Christian Ed at church, and a member of the school PTA. I’m a blogger, as well, which means I’m a small business owner and CEO and office manager for myself. I spent the first of what will be many mornings helping out in the kids’ classes at school the other day. It got me thinking. Why don’t more people volunteer? Why don’t more folks help out?
My husband tells me over and over, and over again that I stretch myself too thin. Why do you put these things onto yourself? he wonders. Because someone has to, I reply, often with a bit of sass in my tone. I can’t bear the thought of kids not being able to experience the fun of being part of a Girl Scout troop, or whatever it is, just because no one was able to commit their time. He gets frustrated. I get frustrated. I still add to my plate. I won’t lie, and I know I should be saying no more than I say yes…but I don’t. I can’t.
I think that in this day and age, most of us stretch ourselves too thin. It’s kind of hard not to. But I think too that a lot of us are hesitant to step forward and volunteer to help because we are concerned about making a huge time commitment. I just want to do a Call to Action- a little action…kind of like baby steps.
It’s like this. Today, I helped out at centers in preschool, and got to know some of the kids in my daughters’ class. Then, I went to Kindergarten, and wasn’t sure how I’d be helping today, but quickly saw a need and offered my services. What did I do? I tore lesson sheets out of math books and sorted them into piles for the teacher, stapling them in groups of 16 (number of students) for both morning and afternoon kindergarten. I did this for 4 lessons. It took me about 15 minutes. Anyone could do this….it wasn’t a lot of time, it could easily have been done at home, and it meant that Mrs. R. could then focus all of her attention on the students in the classroom which is what matters most to me.
Stepping up, volunteering, helping out- there are SO many ways to help. It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment, nor a regular one- it can be as simple as sorting some papers and stapling them for 20 minutes, once a month. Even helping a local food pantry- and I can’t tell you how many have very, very bare shelves, all over the country- imagine the impact we could make if we each just bought ONE item (even with a coupon or a buy one get one free promotion) to donate.
Can you imagine how much help we could offer if ALL of us decided to give a few minutes a month to a teacher, a church, an organization we support the cause for? We don’t have to give a lot of time or money- but if we all give a little of our time or money, it’ll go a very, very long way.