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Its official. I have gone through the training and have contacted my assigned person. I am now officially a member of the Catholic Community Services Chore Brigade. I am not catholic, and I am not sure if the client is either. But, I do consider myself a Christian and am starting a few journeys in my life in fitness and faith. Over the past year Ive been trying to find ways to include my children in giving back. I think it is important to volunteer. I didn’t do much of it when I was younger, and only did a small amount in college. But when I did volunteer, it always made me feel good. It is a great way to get out of the house (without shopping) meet new people and generally realize that I basically have a pretty great life, even if parts of it drive me nuts!
I can bring the children, it is only 2 hours every other week or twice a month; my volunteer services will include: cleaning someone’s bathroom, mopping floors and cleaning the kitchen. All of these are chores I HATE at home. But, four hours of my life and my kids lives is a small price to pay for doing something so great! I haven’t seen the house yet, or met the lady in person, so I will keep you posted on that. Who knows, it might be a scene out of hoarders or something really terrible. If that is the case, we might be singing a different tune next month. But for now, Im pumped!
Previously, I blogged about hoping to volunteer with Catholic Community Services. They received my email from the website I found and sent me an application packet in the mail. Within a week, I filled out the application and mailed it back to CCS. For those of you who know me – that timeline is a miracle and should show you how enthused I am for this project! (I still have cards hanging around, addressed to people that have been sitting on my desk at home, recently re-discovered that were meant to be mailed in 2012, early 2012.
But I digress. On the application, I accidentally gave the number for a very good friend of mine (they require 3 personal recommendations) in error and wrote my number down instead. When they called, (Squee they called!!) looking for my friend, I corrected the error and I asked if I could bring the kids along to do the chores that were assigned. They said they handled that on a case-by-case basis with the client. If their client said “No.”, it was a no-go. However, if they were open to the idea, then we could do it! Hooray.
So, now the wait begins. We wait to be approved, we wait for an assignment. We wait and we hope. 🙂
Well, I did it. It has been a while since I found a volunteer listing that might be a good fit for my little family. With the husband on the road, tax season upon us (my professional ‘busy season’), I thought I would at least get the ball rolling. This way, as things start to slow down a bit (yeah, right!) I would be able to step right up. I clicked on the link, sent my contact information, with a vital question: “Can I bring my kids along with me when I do chores?” Im hoping they say ‘Yes’, because I can’t do this without the kids.
I can vacuum without my kids, it usually even makes it easier, but without back up to watch the kids, I am basically unavailable. Such is my life right now. Besides, maybe if they see the positive impact they have on another person performing acts of service, they won’t whine so much about their own chores at home! *.* <—See those stars in my eyes? In the hope they do say ‘yes’, I have also begun filling out the volunteer form. It is intense and requires 3 personal references as well as a background check. So far, Im impressed!
Wish us luck as we start this new adventure!