I Need A Volunteer!

Education & Training with Advantage Solutions Group

When did we stop volunteering?

I saw an extraordinary interlude last week when I visited St Paul’s School for Girls for high school reunion. One of the wonderful activities they planned for our Class of ‘66 was to pair each of us with someone from the 5th grade. The 5th graders wrote us a letter a couple of weeks before the Alumnae Weekend and then we met with them briefly on our school visit. What fun to compare notes! Each 5th grader has their own email address through the school and I am continuing to correspond with my buddy, Emmy Shields, who told me “I really like music because it is fun and when I have a lot of things to worry about, it seems to lift them off my shoulders!” What wisdom!


At the end of our visit (this is the extraordinary interlude), one of the teachers said to the group I need a volunteer. An amazing thing happened-almost every girl there raised her hand- they didn't even know what they were volunteering for, but they wanted to be the chosen one! Turned out our visit was going to make them late for their next class. This teacher thought it would be nice to take the cookies we hadn't eaten to the teacher whose class they were late for! Teaching them thoughtfulness and kindness!

What really delighted me, though, was the reaction of the girls to a request for a volunteer....

those girls were eager to participate in whatever life was going provide rather than being cautious about volunteering and taking a risk.


These days in my classes and my coaching practice, I spend a lot of time with grown ups-most of whom have ceased to be curious and eager to get a chance to try something unknown. As we age, it seems we become resigned and, sometimes, fearful of anything outside our comfort zone!


My challenge to you this week……

  • Be aware & volunteer!
  • Find something to say yes to! (yes…I know I usually tell you to say “no” more…humor me!)
  • Find something to make life nicer for someone else!
  • Reconnect with the child you were when you were 8 or 9 who wants to make a difference and then do it!

Make it a Delicious Day!
It IS up to YOU!!!!

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Comments (5)

Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change
It's wonderful to see kids get invovled in volunteering at a young age. It's good for the soul.
Nov 01, 2011 04:00 PM
Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp
To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty - Springfield, MO
"Home"work, I have the Answers!

I think the adults can always take a lesson or two from the kiddos.     Great reminder to be aware.

Nov 01, 2011 04:07 PM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

But you must remember that "volunteering" in school usually meant getting out of the classroom for a while or doing something besides book work! lol I am looking for a volunteer opportunity in my community, so thanks for the nudge.

Nov 01, 2011 05:51 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What a wonderful way to teach thoughtfulness and kindness...live it!

First you condition me to say NO and now you are changing on me. So do I need to say Yes or say No?

Please make up your mind!

With admiration for all you do!



Nov 02, 2011 05:05 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Karen-I so agree. Just think how those kids can change the world if they start with that value-giving back!

Yvonne! I so agree! The kids think way larger than most adults!

Valerie...I hadn't thought about it that way! Brought a smile to my face!!!

Margaret-I know...isn't that funny....but it comes down to knowing the RIGHT times to say YES!!!!! Much love! I think you are really good at it!

Nov 03, 2011 05:43 AM