At 6 AM this morning, I was not sleeping in my warm bed, I was not dreaming sweet thoughts, and I was not drinking my morning wake up coffee while reading the newspaper. On this day, at 6 AM, I was being a volunteer at the Reno Earth Day Idlewild Park Festival. After spending more than six hours at this event volunteering, I can proudly say, I wouldn’t have wanted to be doing anything else on this day.
My job varied. I was not assigned a specific task, and therefore, my help was sought for a number of different issues that arose, including general labor and trying to communicate with festival exhibitors in an efficient manner. I was thrilled! I engaged in a number of conversations with people, many of them who needed directions to a specific festival event. All in all, the event was a success, volunteers had a great time associating with others, and hopefully visitors were satisfied with what we offered them.
In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the benefits of volunteering, how such activities impact your health, and what you get out of it on a mental and physical level. Today, I felt a number of positive things happened to me—I had a feeling of purpose, I was happy, as my volunteering is a passion of mine, and I was socially interactive, something that not only helps you in the social networking area, but minimizes stress induced diseases because of the human interaction taking place.
In conclusion, what I was really hoping to get out of this post was to share my experiences of the day and hopefully persuade you, as a reader, to find the things you are passionate about, volunteer, and take advantage of the wonderful things that it has to offer. I met a really great group of people, met a diverse amount of visitors with different interests who were eager to converse and spend time with us volunteers, and because of those reasons, I will be signing up to volunteer with the Reno Earth Day group again next year.
I encourage you all to check out the Reno Earth Day website, view this year’s itinerary, check out some photos, learn about the event in general, and if you’re interested, sign up or keep it in mind for volunteering opportunities for next year! You won’t regret getting involved in activities like this one, or others that bring purpose to your participation.
Have a great week! And Happy Earth Day!