Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Tomorrow is the big reveal of our contest, so you can be excited about that! I just got back from Sugarloaf Mountain, and aside from needing to thaw out a bit, I had a great time! You know what the crazy thing is? I didn't do any skiing today at all. Actually, I'm not a skier in the least bit. I hate heights, which essentially means I can't do chair-lifts without freaking out. So what was I doing today? I went down to help out with the 2012 Maine Winter Special Olympics! Hundreds of athletes from Maine all came to Carrabassett Valley to compete in the annual event, and I have to say, I had a blast. It got me thinking about what we can all do to help out our fellow Mainers. Volunteering is probably one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to spend your free time. Here are a few ways you can volunteer your time and efforts in your community!
There are several opportunities throughout the year to help volunteer with the Special Olympics in Maine. There are both summer and winter games and they are always looking for helping hands! I've been to a few different Special Olympic events (both summer and winter) and seeing the joy and determination in the athletes is something that is great to experience!
Donating a bit of your time at the local soup kitchen is a great way to make friends and help those in need as well. With Maine's credit unions contributing largely to the campaign for ending hunger donating your time (and money if you can) to your local soup kitchen or food bank is a great way to give back to the community. My family used to go together and work one Friday night a month at our local soup kitchen. It was definitely worth it, and we met people from all walks of life.
Now, I highly doubt that you'll be able to volunteer as a nurse if you have no training, but often times, the hospitals look for people to volunteer in various capacities. I have had friends who have been candy strippers, and other people who have helped deliver food. Heck, when we were younger we used to grab a guitar during the holidays and sing to some of the people in the hospital. It was enjoyable, and made us feel glad to have done it afterwards.
I actually came across a great website that will let you know what volunteer opportunities are around your area. It's called Volunteer Maine, and all you have to do is enter your zip code! I check in Bangor and there are currently 61 different listing of ways you can volunteer! How fun is that? So the next tim you are sitting at home not knowing what to do, check out some volunteering opportunities! You'll be happy you did.
Do you volunteer anywhere?