Post # 17
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
I’ve volunteered at a hospital as an artist on the ward; mostly painting or doing anything art. I was also on the musician director’s volunteer list, but didn’t get any requests for piano during my shifts. It was a really neat experience where you really have to maintain patient confidentiality. Sometimes if the patients love to paint, we would paint together; etc. It distracts them from why they are in the hospital in the first place and becomes a therapeutic experience for them.
However, if I were to have more time right now, I would love to become a Big Brother/Big Sister mentor. Right now, I’m an ambassador for United Way at work. So, I get to organize fun events to help fundraise for the United Way campaign.
Post # 18
Thanks for the suggestion. There is a big need for those in my area. I’ll keep looking into it.
That’s another great suggestion. I think I would be good at that. I also have experience with it. I was primary caretaker for my father when he was dying. I know exactly how much relief a sitter can provide.
Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone. Keep them coming!! This is a very helpful thread for many, I hope.
Post # 19
commenting for later, these are really great suggestions!
Post # 20
Volunteer at a local museum! Although I’m biased, as I’m a curator, but we have some really wonderful volunteers that we really depend on!
Post # 21
in our area they are called CASA and they are awesome. It’s a great way to really impact the life if a child.
Post # 22
I don’t know if you have something like this in your area, but I volunteered at a therapeutic equestrian center. I did a lot of grooming and tacking of the horses, cleaning the barn, cleaning the stalls (which you would think is gross, but I actually really enjoyed it!). I also got to work with a lot of amazing people, children and adults a like! We’d help the riders mount their horses or ponies, and there were leads who led the horses for the less advanced riders (or those who simply didn’t have the ability to lead the horse themselves) and walk beside the horses, to make sure the riders were securely on their horse. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I can’t wait till I have more free time to be able to get back there!