A few months ago, my amazing husband and I volunteered with a local Reno club called Active 20-30. It was a team effort on our end as we had both been interested in getting involved with community projects. The volunteer project is called Children’s Shopping Spree. Money is raised by the Active 20-30’s club year-round to take underprivileged elementary kids shopping at Kohl’s to help them buy things that are most needed—shoes, coats, pants, socks, underwear, shirts, dresses. This event happens two times a year, once before children go back to school in the fall, and again before Christmas. We had the pleasure of being a part of the Christmas event.
This past Christmas of 2012, the club was able to raise enough money to allot $140 per child, and a total of 60 children attended the event. When the children arrived, the women volunteers were assigned to one or two female kids and the men assigned to male kids only. The event took about 3 hours in all and was a truly heartwarming experience. I love children, they are so adorable.
That was the first time that my husband and I have shared such an experience. I can honestly say I enjoyed his participation in an event that I was interested in and after we had left the event, we both talked about our time with the different children. From that moment on, I knew that my future volunteer projects would include him. I want to travel, volunteer abroad somewhere, and hope that my husband will join me.
If you are interested in volunteering, and perhaps want to share the experiences you have with someone close to you, don’t hesitate! Persuade your friends, your family, or your significant other to join you! There are so many opportunities in which couples can volunteer together. It’s a great way to overcome that shyness barrier some people have—perhaps having someone with you will make it that much easier.
Today, I encourage you to check out these websites, and learn about volunteering that is done in groups, by couples, friends, even family. It’ll be something you’ll never regret, because sometimes two is better than one.
Have a great week!