This Is What Volunteering Looks Like

It’s not always pretty. Sometimes, you luck out and get a beautiful day and enjoy every moment. Sometimes not. But that’s not the point. Volunteering means you’re doing your part in helping a non-profit succeed. And they sure do need our help.

One of the best things about living here at the Jersey Shore is that there are tremendous non-profits doing incredible things. They have to work so hard to keep their ships afloat by offering classes, concerts, tours and even 5k’s.

That’s what I was doing in that sideways rain on a Saturday morning- volunteering as a course marshall for a local non-profits annual 5-k, RAIN or SHINE. And boy did it rain! But, runners are the most dedicated group of people and rain didn’t stop them from coming out.

It also didn’t stop the many volunteers who showed up to make sure the race went off without a hitch. People who care and want to lend a helping hand. 

We all live super hectic lives, and it’s easy to say “No” when asked to serve. Too much going on, too much to do. But I bet there really is time in that crazy schedule somewhere to pitch in and give our non-profits a hand. The worst-case scenario, is you‘ll get drenched in rain but the BEST case? You leave there feeling better about yourself and the good that you are doing.

It doesn’t take much. With the holidays coming up quickly, this is the time of year our non-profits go into high-gear fundraising.

So stop by a thrift store or craft fair, check out a new art exhibit or buy a homemade toy or try a new dish from a farm. Every little bit helps and don’t forget that we are all in this together.


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