Being Human - Volunteering & Loving It!

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty SA657797000

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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Comments (15)

Randy Hilman REALTOR® Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes - Moultonborough, NH
Guide & Mentor to Home Buyers & Sellers

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
Allie Angeloni

Wow . . .  your words are moving Randy Hilman, Associate Broker.  I never thought of myself in that way, though do know that I derive much pleasure in volunteering and accomplishment, and having a sense of humor to go along with it helps.  Between the hospital and the food bank, you sometimes have that 'Ah Ha' moment where a smile or a look 'connect' you to someone else.  Can't explain it, but you know it when it happens!  Thank you for your words, and reading that research data is very interesting!  By the way, Roger and I grew up in New England (CT), and I have cousins who live in NH!   

Aug 26, 2017 05:46 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

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
Allie Angeloni

At the time, it was just different organizations that I was interested in, and I did not see it as a central part of my life . . .  so now, looking back, I can see that it was and still is!  Thank you for your comments Lottie Kendall

Aug 26, 2017 10:31 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

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
Allie Angeloni

You are very kind with your words Jim Cheney - thank you for such an interesting Contest!  You've gotten some great blogs and feedback, too!!  Nice . . .

Aug 26, 2017 10:32 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - 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
Allie Angeloni

Ahhh . . .  who knew, right?!  HA!  Thanks for your kind words Brian England.  It just 'worked out that way', but then, maybe 'some things are meant to be' . . .

Aug 27, 2017 09:54 AM
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
Allie Angeloni

Thank you for your comments Lee Keadle.  Yes, it's been interesting and very worthwhile for me, to volunteer in different areas.  I learned something at each place, as well as could give of my time, and my smile - I think 'both' are always needed! 

Aug 30, 2017 05:46 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

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
Allie Angeloni

Yes, it does Joan Cox, and thank you for your comments!  And some of this volunteer work actually happened before I was a realtor, and before we moved from CA to AZ.  I do want to go back into it in the future, because you can always 'find time' (most positions are not every day, nor for an 8-hour day).

Sep 05, 2017 01:06 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

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
Allie Angeloni

Ahhh . . .  your comments are very kind Patricia Feager.  I truly had, and will always have a passion for working in the funeral home industry.  It's very easy for me personally, as my heart just goes out to all who are hurting . . .  no matter how our day began, before families left, I was getting those hugs at the door.  And we were no longer strangers, and I was more than an employee and they were more than a client.

Aug 31, 2017 08:12 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

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
Allie Angeloni

Absolutely - I totally agree Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you for your comments, and I would love to work at Animal Rescue, except for the small part about wanting to 'take home' every sad face that I saw.

Sep 02, 2017 10:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Allie you are so right, we become collectors, right now we have three cats that are 100 indoor... and the neighborhood strays are jockeying trying to join our family... on the other hand what you do is so much more powerful... I could not do it...Endre

Sep 04, 2017 08:47 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

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
Allie Angeloni

Well, it was fun to do and I enjoyed the people - thank you so much - you don't always realize when you are helping others, that maybe, you are helping yourself, too . . .  Could be why Debbie Reynolds, I had such a passion for my work in the Funeral Home Industry, before I became a realtor.     

Sep 03, 2017 09:34 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

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
Allie Angeloni

We ALL make a difference, just in different ways Praful Thakkar.  Thank you for your comments!  I agree it's about giving back, and I do believe that, "What Goes Around, Comes Around" in life. 

Sep 04, 2017 11:05 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

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
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
Allie Angeloni

What kind words Gabe Sanders!!  Now as I look back, I realize it was not just for others, but for myself, too.  You may not realize it at the time, but there is always an experience worth sharing, and people worth knowing! 

Sep 05, 2017 01:04 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

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
Allie Angeloni

Absolutely Sheila Anderson - my experiences were certainly varied, and one can always find 'fun' I think, in any volunteer or paid job (or at least I could - HA!).  Thank you for your comments - much appreciated.  

Sep 05, 2017 01:02 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

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
Allie Angeloni

Well, you know it never started off that way Sharon Tara  . . .  I just found places where I thought I could help out, and was excited to learn how they did what they did.  And being part of it, is always an education, because you never really know what happens 'behind the scenes' to make everything run smoothly.  And it had to be something that I could do around work or after work!  Thank you so much for your comments and kind words.

Sep 05, 2017 01:00 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

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
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Yes, that's what I went to college for and loved it. I decided to stay home with my boys when they hit middle school but, became quite bored during the school day. One can only volunteer so much in the schools! LOL Somehow I wound up filling that void with real estate!!  

Sep 06, 2017 09:55 PM
Allie Angeloni

What kind and generous words, and I didn't know you were a nurse Debe Maxwell, CRS.  Nurses are the ones that make us smile and laugh when we are scared and want to cry.  They hold our hand when it is needed the most, and our family isn't there.  'Angels Among Us' - no doubt in my mind.  Thank you for ALL that you do . . .   

Sep 06, 2017 09:43 PM