Volunteerism

Hello World!

Giving of ourselves to help others, animals, our environment, etc. makes our world a better place and is an admirable pursuit. As a native Tennessean, volunteering is in my blood; after all, Tennessee is known as the Volunteer state.

Back Porch of The Hermitage Photo by Jimmy Johnson

Back Porch of The Hermitage
Photo by Jimmy Johnson

This weekend, the HH is engaging in his most recent volunteer occupation as a greeter at The Hermitage, the historical home of our 7th president Andrew Jackson.  Old Hickory, as he was known, was the kind of guy you either liked or didn’t like, but he was one interesting historical figure in both our state and country.  Since the HH is a people person and a history buff, this type of volunteer work suits him well. Today, he is working the back porch area of Jackson’s home.

Our family has also volunteered as a foster family for animals rescued from kill shelters. We cared for dogs, acclimating them to family life, while waiting for a suitable family to adopt them.  Here are three of the dogs we grew to know and love during their time with us.  I’ve lost track of how many dogs we fostered, but these three were with us the longest; it was hard to let each go.

Ms. Peggy (Piggy) Photo by livingandlovinglifeafter50

Ms. Peggy (Piggy)
Photo by livingandlovinglifeafter50

Teddy Photo by livingandlovinglifeafter50

Teddy
Photo by livingandlovinglifeafter50

Bo (Bocephus) Photo by livingandlovinglifeafter50

Bo (Bocephus)
Photo by livingandlovinglifeafter50

What other types of volunteer work have we done.  To give a few more examples, the HH has also volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank here in Nashville, and I spent two years doing volunteer work for a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity as their bookkeeper.  Our youngest daughter is extremely involved in volunteering.

Daughter with friend and car completely full of school supplies

Daughter with friend and car completely full of school supplies

Last month, she and a couple of her friends organized a back-to-school bazaar and collected school supplies for students whose families might otherwise have a difficult time providing all of the items needed for their children. We are proud of her work for others.

Newspaper article to encourage support of back-to-school bazaar

Newspaper article to encourage support of back-to-school bazaar

Do you volunteer?  If so, in what ways do you help others, animals/wildlife, or our environment?

Have a blessed and happy day!

Angela

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