Volunteer aspirations

Do you ever have one certain day a week that always ends up crazy or out of order?  Wednesdays always seem that way for me.  I woke up and did some work while waiting for John to get up so we could bike to breakfast.  I was getting hungry and a little cranky and was ready to go on my own when John got up.  He told me from now on to wake him up, so you heard it people!  I will get him up at 7 (or earlier), no matter what time he went to bed.  I had a protein drink before setting out.

We headed out to North Country Cafe. It was a nice biking morning.  Maybe 60 degrees or a bit warmer.  We zipped along, too!

The cafe was out of wheat bagels.  Booo….  However, the baker there had just made up an apricot orange coffee cake.  I had to be the first one to have a slice of that.

A very different breakfast for me, don’t you think?  It was still a bit warm, too.  Yum, yum.  Their baker is quite talented.  We see her always mixing away when we are there. I was a little concerned about how long this would last me, but I was fine until noon.  Not to mention getting in a good 12 mile ride today.

One of my goals for the month of September is to join a group or volunteer.  Well – the local literacy group had an open house this morning, so I went to check it out.

This is something I have been thinking about doing for a while and the training starts at the end of the month.  I am officially signed up!  They were very excited that there would be a tutor in my little town as they need them there. They just opened an outreach office in my town, so that will work out well.

The orientation meeting is on the 29th of this month. I will decide what track I want to teach after orientation. Each week during October is a training class for what you are interesting in tutoring. You can choose ESL, basic literacy, writing or GED training.

I am kind of nervous. This is a big commitment.  It is for a year and 2-4 hours per week.  I have taught before for music, but it has been a long time.  It’s good to step out of our comfort zones.

Question: Do you volunteer for anything?

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20 thoughts on “Volunteer aspirations

  1. debby

    Oh my, you’re making this retired woman feel a little guilty. Its definitely in the plans. Just giving myself a little more time to adjust. And oh yeah, I have a viable excuse right now–surgery!

    So, question: did you get snacky in the afternoon after the coffee cake in the morning? Just gathering scientific data :))
    debby´s last blog post ..Exercise Notes

  2. Kimberley

    I was volunteering at a food bank, but found it too hard on my feet and body to stand up for 4 – 4.5 hours, as well as all the moving boxes, stacking shelves, packing and carrying bags etc.

    The Boss still goes though.

    This sounds like a wonderful opportunity! Enjoy and I am sure you will be great!
    Kimberley´s last blog post ..Goals for this Week

  3. Lisa

    Cool! That’s the kind of volunteering I’m thinking about doing someday. I love reading.

    I used to volunteer for Cat Adoption Team here in Portland. I volunteered there for about 2 years and I loved it. I’d spend so much time with the kitties, cleaning them, cleaning the cages, feeding them, helping them get adopted. I also worked in the hospital helping the sick kittens. Poor babies. It’s amazing I don’t have 20 cats. I wanted to adopt them all.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Making Good Choices While Tempted

    1. Lori Post author

      The only reason I am not one of those crazy cat ladies is because I have John and he is allergic. So I only get 1 kitty 😀

  4. Fran

    First that cake: JUM!

    I think it’s fantastic that you signed up for this Lori! And you will be great at it too.

    I don’t volunteer but it’s always in the back of my mind. My excuse at this point in my life is that I don’t have the time but I know that’s nonsense, there’s always time. But I’m not sure what I want to do and before I even start I need to find out the possibilities in my town.

    Have fun at this!
    Fran´s last blog post ..A day in my life: Wednesday September 14, 2011

  5. Jody - Fit at 53

    Lori, with your love of reading & learning & the library, I think this is great! I would be scared too but as you said, out of the comfort zone. I am better at doing that in the fitness arena! 😉

    OK, that coffee cake looks just to decadent & delish! YUM!

    I have volunteered for Make a Wish in the past but right now, I am not volunteering.
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..No Guilt Ice Cream!

  6. Linda Kuil

    Inspiring me to find something to volunteer for. I’ve actually wanted to find something for my entire family. I think it helps kids realize all that they have to be thankful for. Puts the emphasis on how much we have and not what we don’t.

  7. Ali

    I used to really enjoy all the volunteer work I used to do. Lately I can’t find the time and try to multi-task with charity run/walks, etc… I’d like to get back in it though.

    I made your banana breakfast pudding this morning. Mixed it all up, took it to work, and popped in the microwave. Yum! I think next time I’ll add some protein powder so it has a bit more staying power but it was delicious.
    Ali´s last blog post ..Musings on a plant-based diet

  8. Leah

    That’s great about your volunteer work!! I volunteer at our church – helped serve a breakfast this morning. Years ago I volunteered at a Crisis Pregnancy Center. As soon as the background check and fingerprints are processed I will be volunteering at my kids’ school regularly – either helping in class or in the media center.

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