Being Human - Volunteering & Loving It!

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty SA657797000
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There are many pieces that 'make up the whole' in all of us, and one that I would enjoy sharing is 'Volunteering-Over-The-Years'.

 

When we lived in California, I worked full-time, and would go after work to the local Police Station and work on the 'Truancy Program' for a local school district.  I made phone calls off of pages of Print-Outs (from the schools) to families, and hoped that I was able to reach parents, and not their children, to find out the reason for their absence.  After awhile you could distinguish which parents were 'covering' for their children, and which parents were really 'surprised' - so you knew who might end up on your Print-Out next week or next month, and whose name you probably would not see again!  I was not always great on kiddos imitating parent's voices, unless if they were 'really bad' where it was too funny, but obvious, that they were faking an adult's voice.  After doing this volunteer position for a year, I was put in charge of the 'Evening Truancy Program', so that was a special honor for me, and especially because I felt it was helping the school, the child, and the parent.  To learn and to grow was huge, and my thought was:  An Education was the "Gateway to Their Future".  Truly a "Feel Good" moment for me . . .

 

Also, a decade or so later, when we moved back to California, and brought my Mom with us (she was '90' at this time), I worked part-time to be available for her schedule of appointments and errands, as she was no longer driving.  So, again I was available to volunteer, and did it once-a-week for the local Food Bank in our town.  I cannot tell you how much I learned from that experience, and a 1/2 day a week, was gone in a flash!  I learned to bag fresh veges or fruits that farmers would drop off, learned to stock shelves with canned goods, learned to pack bags and cartons for different sized families, learned to measure and bag beans and rice that were always part of the bags or cartons of food, and learned to greet the families (mostly Moms and kiddos) who came to get food.  I learned the computer software at the front counter with the window, and talked with many folks, even some who did not speak good English.  Everyone was kind and nice, and families that came monthly, soon became recognizable faces.  Another "Feel Good" moment . . .

 

 

 Allie Angeloni - A 3-Year Oro Valley Hospital Volunteer

 

Fast-track to today, in Arizona, where I've volunteered at our local Oro Valley Hospital here in town.  I worked a 5-hour shift one day a week from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.  I was in OP (Out-Patient) Surgery, and admitted folks that had appointments that day, before they went to the 'next window' for a paid employee to verify insurance and get co-pays.  I got to transport patients to other floors for tests, got wheelchairs for other patients, and gave paperwork to the Nurse's Station (behind the scenes).  After doing this job for a few years, I got to do so much more - I could order supplies, call for Maintenance for bathroom issues, call for coffee pot repairs, take family members of patients to other Secured Hospital Areas, and realized that I was 'transforming' a simple volunteer position into a 'job'!  Yes, another "Feel Good" moment . . .

 

So WHO was the LUCKY ONE in all of this 'Volunteering Over the Years' - the recipients of whatever my Services were for that particular organization?  NO - I WAS THE LUCKY ONE - I COULD GIVE OF MYSELF AND IT MADE A DIFFERENCE - SO I WAS BLESSED - AND HUMAN, TOO . . . 

 

 

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Allie Angeloni, REALTOR

Long Realty - A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

8540 N. Oracle Road

Tucson, AZ   85704

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Randy Hilman, Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes - Moultonborough, NH
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Hi Allie Angeloni . You are indeed lucky and human to be the hands and feet of Jesus because this is how your ministry is experienced by those who receive your time, compassion and love.  Moreover, coming from contribution benefits you, too, in a good many ways.

 

Did you know there is research to suggest that people who give to others feel more time rich; accomplished and useful.  They tend to be healthier than others their own age and they experience depression less than their age peers.  People who volunteer have been shown to become more outgoing, social and friendly.  They set a good example for young people.  The love they communicate by their actions brings them joy and "happiness."

I know you don't give of yourself for selfish reasons, but the benefits you receive from service are not to be ignored, either. You have a right to know God's love. Yes, you are lucky to be the hands and feet of Jesus and so are those you touch.  Thank you.

Aug 26, 2017 05:25 PM #1
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Lottie Kendall
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You've had great variety in your volunteering work, Allie. It's apparent that giving of yourself is a central part of your life. Nice!!

Aug 26, 2017 06:47 PM #2
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
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Volunteering is good for everybody, you and the people you help.  Thank you for sharing and for your service Allie Angeloni 

Aug 26, 2017 09:26 PM #3
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I can tell that you are the type of person that is always wanting to help others, so finding out that you volunteer so much is not surprising at all to me.  You are a good person!

Aug 27, 2017 07:27 AM #4
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Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

It's nice to read a non-real estate post here.  Kudos to you for your second job!

Aug 30, 2017 06:13 AM #5
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Joan Cox
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Allie, kudos to you and all your volunteering efforts, and it does give you a satisfaction outside of real estate.

Aug 30, 2017 06:19 AM #6
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Allie Angeloni - I'm convinced, Volunteers are Angels on earth! Your bio is very impressive. Because of you, many were saved, helped, and learned about truth and kindness, thanks to you. 

Aug 30, 2017 10:46 PM #7
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Allie, giving back to the community no matte which way is very rewarding, Diane and I are involved with Animal Rescue and  words can not express the joy we get out of it... Volunteering is great as long as you keep things in perspective and remember the goal is to help....Endre

Sep 02, 2017 10:26 PM #8
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Debbie Reynolds
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Allie, you are such a giver and there is great satisfaction knowing you are doing your part. I know your contribution is sincerely appreciated

Sep 03, 2017 07:41 PM #9
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Allie Angeloni - it is all about giving back to the community, isn't it?

The most important thing is - making a difference, which you do!

Sep 04, 2017 10:41 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I came here from Patricia's reblog, and am glad she shared your post. Volunteering your time, efforts, and especially your kindness, helps not only you but all the people you have touched as well. 

I bet you heard a lot of stories with the truancy work! Having personal experience as a parent who had a truant son, I can say from the parents side, that was extremely frustrating. Sometimes I didn't even get any kind of info that he wasn't at school. It would have been great if our school had a "you"!

Sep 05, 2017 03:00 AM #11
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Allie.  I want to thank you for all the good work you've done and the help you've given to others.

Sep 05, 2017 04:56 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Allie. I am glad your volunteering experiences were positive and varied. Clearly you made a diiference and were enhanced by the experience too.

Sep 05, 2017 07:55 AM #13
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Wow, how impressive. I'm so touched by what a giver you are Allie....you are a perfect example of just how much you receive for yourself when you give to others.

Sep 05, 2017 10:48 AM #14
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Oh, I love this post, Allie and love YOU & your heart! I'm a huge fan of volunteer work and of course, being a nurse, really admire that you took care of your mother and are now volunteering in One Day Surgery -- that is such a perfect place for you! 

And, I'll say that with your giving heart, it's those patients and their families that are beneficiaries in having someone so wonderful and kind in an environment that can be very scary for many people. 

Sep 06, 2017 09:29 PM #15
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