Last night I went to a volunteer orientation for an organization that provides support to the disabled and elderly in the community. It was an interesting hour, the director provided lots of information and popped in a promo video that featured interviews with some of its volunteers and those they assist. It all sounded good, but when she mentioned that it would involve helping out at minimum once a week for at least a year, my mind reeled a bit.
Can I commit myself to that? Honestly, I’m not sure. Once a week doesn’t sound like much, but I recently enrolled in an arts class and was considering going back to yoga again! (Yes, I enjoy yoga, but lack the discipline to go. What can I say? I’m lazy! But that will change!) So that’s two days of my week and when you factor in work and how much it sucks out of you in the span of eight hours, it can be difficult to want to do much else. Also, hubby finally agreed to being open to couples dance classes once he’s finished law school, which would be great! (Or at least I think so anyway, hubby meanwhile doesn’t share my love of Latin/ballroom/swing dance, but he knows it makes me happy, so he’s willing to suffer…I mean.. ‘participate’ in dance class. Whataguy eh? ;))
The “screening” process itself for volunteers is pretty thorough, with police record checks, references and interviews with social workers. So I would have to be certain that this is what I want to do before agreeing to all this.
But providing support for those, due to age or disability, are lonely and depressed, is something that I have always been very passionate about. Maybe not as passionate as towards animal welfare or the environment, but its definitely up there. It could enable me to become more involved in the community and provide an opportunity to learn about different kind of people and their struggles, which would definitely make mine minute in comparison. Furthermore, it would get me off the couch and away from the videogames, and hopefully prevent my mind from sinking further into bitter cynicism and ruminating constantly on misdeeds. (I tend to obsess over dumb things that happened or stupid things other people have said weeks, months, years ago. Its one of my not- so great habits, well that and playing Oblivion FAR too frequently)
Anyways, they are giving us two weeks to think about it and then they will call to ask for a yes or no. Hopefully, the decision will become clearer by then. 🙂
Do you volunteer? How do you juggle it with your other responsibilities?