Start Volunteering with Your Spouse + Friends
one of my goals for this year is to give back more, both of my time and my moolah. i used to be very involved in the non-profit world in portland since that’s what area i worked in. last year, as my first year as a full-time entrepreneur, i was basically trying to stay afloat and not go insane so i lost my connection with giving back to my community. i didn’t like that.
my husband and i started talking about how we wanted more hands-on giving back instead of just donating 10% of our income because we both felt like we were wanting to do more. thank goodness we surround ourselves by positive friends because just before the new year started, my friend alison suggested that we (along with our guys) start volunteering together in 2015!
we kicked it off this past weekend by all volunteering at the oregon food bank!
while i’m very familiar with the food bank and used it as a resource for many of my old clients, i had never actually been to the facilities or volunteered there. it was incredible. the sheer volume of food they store and deliver all over the state is astounding. they typically serve over 900,000 people a year!
not only was it powerful to be helping prepare food for delivery, it was a ton of fun! turns out that when you’re with people you like, your cute husband and working for a good cause – it’s hard to have a bad time.
my look of slight concern is only because we just finished becoming sanitary and then my husband took out his phone to take this photo and all i could think was “contamination!!!” it could have also been matt’s beard guard.
our group started out with preparing crates of fresh produce to be delivered all around the portland metro area schools. between about 20 of us, we moved around 12,440 pound of food! that was definitely my workout for the day.
also, i can only eat celery if it’s covered in peanut butter otherwise i gag.
it was sexy to see my husband in action at the food bank (is that weird?). i felt more attracted to him because he has such a good heart and it’s fun to see him interact with others while doing something for our community (that’s him maneuvering the crate).after that project was successfully done, we got to
play work on a conveyer belt! grocery stores from around portland donate things to the food bank and it was our job to sort the food from the household products. it was extra fun because since christmas was just a few weeks ago, we sorted a lot of holly jolly snacks and chocolate santas.
we had a goal to get that teenage girl to laugh because we think we are pretty funny but she was stone. even when we talked about eating dog food or how santa feels about being so commercialized, we just got blank stares. we are apparently not as funny as we think we are.
if for some reason a big pallet of food was delivered to my doorstep, this is the exact one i’d want. hello wheat thin/cracker heaven.
alison made a good point that since we hang out and have a great time, we might as well hang out, do something good and have a great time! we decided we are going to all do this once a month together and i’d highly recommend doing the same!
it felt good to give back, even for 2 hours on a saturday morning because it made me stop and realize just how fortunate i am to have never experienced true hunger. sure i get hangry when i don’t eat every 2 hours but my cupboards and refrigerator are always full and i have the capability to access any type of food i want. that’s pretty powerful.
think about volunteering at your local food bank because i know they could use your help and you might as well bring your spouse and friends along with you!
1) do you have a favorite non-profit you donate either time or money to?
2) how do you feel about eating celery?
3) the last time you felt slightly more attracted to your spouse because of what she/he was doing?
if you live in oregon, check out the volunteer options at the oregon food bank!