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Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer

Every time I have to leave the house for a full day of meetings, I am reminded of my awe and appreciation for all the working parents out there. Especially the single working parents. I really don’t know how they do it. I left my house at 9 a.m., and got home around 3 p.m. I immediately had to walk Alton and then sit down at the computer to get some more work done, for about another hour and half.

That means nothing else got done in my house. So today I will play some catch-up on the housework that didn’t get done yesterday. I’m thankful to have the flexibility to do what I love and take care of the house, it’s just some days I wish there were two of me, or a magic wand. Kudos again to all the parents (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, etc.) doing it all.

While I don’t have a full-time job, I do have multiple volunteer responsibilities that do keep me busy and attending meetings out of the house on a semi-regular basis. Two meetings landed both on the same day yesterday which is why I was gone so long. The first was a strategic planning meeting for the board I Chair at the Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities. It is a non-profit Independent Living Center

Alton Our "Secret" Service Dog

Alton Our "Secret" Service Dog

He looks up at you with those big brown soulful eyes and the feathery golden ears. And just when he cocks his head in response to your question, you can’t help but wonder what he is thinking. If only our dogs could talk. I’ve been wondering this about our 4-year-old golden retriever, Alton, from the day I first held him at four weeks of age.