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    We are now in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, of which there are many this month! I AM a particular fan of Giving Tuesday. If you are not one who does it regularly (like RTB does ), I think it's a great opportunity to think beyond ourselves and reflect about how we can make the world a better place. And giving doesn't have to be financial. At times, giving one's time and expertise can be as useful, or more, than pure cash.

    When my kids were very young--toddlers, really--we delivered Meals on Wheels. I think we got as much enjoyment out of it as the clients did. When they were older, we volunteered a lot at the local National Park, and with the local parks departments to put on holiday parties and clean the grounds. They LOVED helping the food pantry help sort donations on the Postal Food drive held every spring. Personally, I've coached both sports teams and academic teams. I really want to do more, and wish others would do so as well. I hope my kids continue to be giving with their time.

    What do you or your family do in terms of giving? Can be as simple as helping a neighbor or relative, or donating a percentage of income or amount of time. Is there anything you'd like to be doing but don't know how to get started?
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    DD11 and I are just finishing up our first full year (three terms of 10 weeks plus one term of 8 weeks) of volunteering for 3–4 hours on one day per week at the local therapy riding. We both get horses in, groom, and then I help with leading and sidewalking and DD11 does chores (picking up poo, cleaning water troughs etc.). I think we have only missed one week so far. So that is 213 to 284 volunteer hours for us combined for the year.

    I also help my mother a lot with various things, and make small donations from my income when I can. I would like to add on some nature volunteering helping with weeding, planting, or trail maintenance.
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    I've always wanted to do Meals on Wheels.

    We've been volunteer slackers lately just because we've been so busy. Starting high school and having the kids on two different school paths, aside from all the other usual stuff (classes, swim) kinda rocked my fall.

    We just started the process for each kiddo's Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Part of the process included a service project. The kids would like to adopt the park in our neighborhood. They walk through it every day to get to swim practice, so they feel connected to it. Here, you have to adopt a park under an organization, so we thought we could organize the neighborhood association and adopt the park. Well the neighborhood association is defunct, so me, DH and another neighbor are looking at what we need to do to start it back up. Hopefully we'll have an idea as to whether or not this will end up working out in the next few weeks.

    My favorite place to volunteer is our local food bank. They are always really organized and have something for you to do right away. No standing around while they find a project. We volunteered for a local homeless shelter the other day, and they had a volunteer coordinator - she worked exclusively with volunteers at the shelter on projects.

    I'd like to think that at some point life will slow down a bit and we'll be able to add more regular volunteer work back in as a family.

    It is customary to give money around the holidays (especially at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in particular). We give to organizations that match our values, or who's services we use (PBS for example). Lately, we have been giving to different political campaigns. Your post reminds me I need to give to our local public radio - I kinda forgot about them this year, oops! We can't give huge amounts, but I think every bit helps.
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    I've always wanted to do Meals on Wheels.

    It is customary to give money around the holidays (especially at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in particular). We give to organizations that match our values, or who's services we use (PBS for example). Lately, we have been giving to different political campaigns. Your post reminds me I need to give to our local public radio - I kinda forgot about them this year, oops! We can't give huge amounts, but I think every bit helps.
    Meals on Wheels - typically volunteers deliver once a week, but in some areas, they'll take every other if that's all you can do. The feature that keeps many from doing it is that it is right smack in the middle of the day. The clients one delivers to love the human interaction as much as the nutrition, especially if there are kids involved!

    I forgot about PBS and and political campaigns. I've been doing that ever since our current president came into office, as a way to help those who, as you say, match my values and seek truth. Glad to know that others do so as well.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We had to stop Meals on Wheels this year due to schedule conflict. I would walk up to the clients house with just one of my boy and leave the other in the car so they could have a moment with a client... then the next week we would switch who went up first. Since they are identical it was fun... but then twin A grew his hair long and they no longer look a like (man the power of hair). We loved it and are currently trying to come up with something new to do on our "off" day.
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    Last year we started doing charitable giving instead of purchasing gifts.

    We gave gifts like cookies and gift baskets to those who provide services to us. From doctors to the dogs' vet to the police & fire departments, we go around delivering these treats.

    Locally we give to Toys for Tots, gifts for adults who are developmentally disabled, food to the animal shelter and food bank

    And we donate cash to a variety of organizations like PBS, social justice groups.
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    Thanks all. Hearing how others try to make their world better is a bright spot in a sometimes frustrating, bad-news world. Keep it up!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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