I’ve been browsing through volunteer opportunities, and I had some thoughts that I wanted to record:
- There are a lot of manual labor projects that are looking for help. I think I will not be satisfied with a manual labor kind of task unless I’m involved in the planning in some way – like if it’s one of my ideas, and I then dig in and “build” whatever it is. This reminds me of the arcade game machine I wanted to build… maybe that’s a reasonable project to do? It feels good on the organizational level, but maybe in the wrong place on the cost / benefit level.
- I like the library projects! Something like running a public book group or helping out at a library branch sounds like something I would enjoy AND that would satisfy my need to do something useful. I’ll keep that on the list.
- I think I might enjoy volunteering at the zoo… but first, I should visit the zoo. Maybe I’ll just do that anyway.
- There are also a lot of “work with troubled youth” style postings for volunteers. Is that something I want to do? I am embarrassed to say that maybe I don’t want to work with troubled youth – I guess I feel (instinctively) that although the payoff would be amazing if I could make a big impact in kids’ lives, I’d be too uncomfortable jumping into the twin responsibilities of doing a job well, and positively impacting a kid (kids) as well.
Tomorrow, I’ll be writing up some personal activities I could do, and then making a decision! Gotta get moving!