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Throwback Thursday - Volunteerism - Donating Time, Goods, Services

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Dr. Paul McDonald and Kathleen Daniels are co-hosts for the ActiveRain December challenge Acts of Kindness | Sharing Love & Joy This Holiday Season.  This is my third entry.


Donating Time - Goods - Services - $$$ In Sedona

The definition of "Volunteerism" "is the act of contributing free labor to conduct community service or support a nonprofit organization. It is the principle of donating time and energy towards a greater cause.  Volunteers help change the lives of those in their community as a social responsibility rather than receiving a financial reward".  - (Courtesy of bloomerang)


Most definitions include the four key elements:      Salvation Army logo

  • Free Will - Not Forced Or Compelled 
  • No Financial Reward
  • Helping Your Community or Strangers
  • Providing Service Through An Organization


Salvation Army Banner

When we moved to Sedona - we were in "retirement mode."  I needed to do something constructive. I worked part-time for the agent who sold us our home in Sedona.  But that is another story... I also wanted to give back to my community.


Humane Society Mobile Center

Humane Society of Sedona Mobile Animal Shelter ~ 2011


I looked into volunteer opportunities. I decided to help at the Senior Center serving lunches, and when needed, I delivered "meals on wheels."  Another area I wanted to help with was our Humane Society of Sedona.    I would help clean the rooms that were used for people to play with the fur babies.  I also took time to give love to those kitties.  I had arranged for the Humane Society to set up their mobile center at my brokerage.  That was a fun event.  I also donated towels.  The Sedona Humane Society is always in need of a lot of towels. 

Salvation Army Volunteer Since 2017

2023 Bell Ringing in Sedona -

2023 Bell Ringing at Basha's in Sedona

When I got to Coldwell Banker, my broker was the organizer for the bell-ringing at Christmas.  When he asked for volunteers,  I decided I wanted to participate.  I have been volunteering ever since. For the last three years I have been answering phone calls for our Sedona Chapter.  I usually have the phone for 1 week out of the month.  Those on the other end of the call are in need of help.  Some people are behind in their rent or their utilities because of some unfortunate circumstance.  

Rock Slide Oak Creek Canyon Sedona

Rock Slide SR 89A right outside of Uptown Sedona towar Flagstaff

Just this month, I got a call from a woman who could not get to work in Oak Creek Canyon because of a rock slide.  This stretch of the highways was closed for many days until the concern was mitigated.  She fell behind in her rent because of this.  I met with her yesterday to help her resolve the issue.  Good news is we will be helping her. 

2019 - Walgreens Bell Ringing

2019 Bell Ringing - Sedona Walgreens

I have experience in credit and collections and it helps me guide people in need with solutions.  I am very happy to help and thankful for the opportunity.

Sheri -Tristan helping with Bellringing

Tristan helping Nani with the Bell Ringing in 2018!

Because of my connections with others who take an interest in the Sedona Community through involvement with the Salvation Army, I also volunteer my services and expertise on a committee to help find solutions for affordable housing in Sedona.  

This is a real challenge for our community because our workforce cannot afford to live close to their job.  Some large resorts have purchased housing for their employees in more affordable areas and then shuttle them to and from work.  We are also looking at tiny homes as a possible solution.  

Key Point For Donations

Make sure that you specify that you want your donation to go to your local community.  If you don't do this, your donations may go to a central fund instead of helping people in your neighborhoods. 

Throwback to 2018 and my (almost) 3-year-old grandson...

Previous Posts for this December Challenge

Post 1 - When Life Gives You Lemons...

Post 2 - The Mystery of the Christmas Bush on Interstate 17 in Arizona

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Roy.  I enjoy helping when and where I can.  Happy New Year. 

Dec 29, 2023 01:45 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love this post. Giving to others in our community really does help both parties. A win-win for sure.

Dec 30, 2023 05:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Sheri,

What a a great post and you are Queen of volunteering! I love all that you have accomplished to help make Sedona a better place to live. Great tip to make sure you request your donation goes to your local community rather than the  going to a central fund.

Dec 30, 2023 06:37 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

So true about volunteering and if that is not possible then make donations to worthy, local organizations.

Dec 30, 2023 10:08 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - We have been in Sedona for 20 years and I have seen some lean times for businesses and residents alike.  I will always focus on the community first.  Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2023 11:32 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Thank you and Happy New Year!  I got in the habit of volunteering after I stopped working back in California and continued it once we moved to Sedona.  I enjoy helping people. 

Dec 30, 2023 11:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Leanne Smith -Happy New Year!  I do a lot of donations as well. Money as well as canned goods for the food bank and physical donations to non-profits that help battered women.  I want nothing in return.  

Dec 30, 2023 11:37 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

All good charities, well worthy of your time.  I know that road that had the rockslide as we drove it from Flagstaff to get to your little slice of heaven.

Dec 30, 2023 12:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sheri- I read your post but forgot to comment on it!!! I love what you do and especially love that you share information about volunteer opportunities in your area. 

Dec 30, 2023 06:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Sheri.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2024 07:41 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

You go, Sheri! I love that you have a heart of gold and your community gets to benefit from your giving.

Jan 02, 2024 07:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

You've shared so many acts of kindness through your volunteerism and Sedona has benefitted so much - how inspiring!


Jan 06, 2024 07:49 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, it is actually fun to work "ring the bell" at Christmas, people are so responsive.   Volunteering in our industry is very important.

Jan 10, 2024 05:12 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - I was unable to access ActiveRain until yesterday. It was a crazy week following New Year's Day.

Jan 12, 2024 09:27 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  hope all is well with you... I just read your comment above, it has been challenging for the past three weeks:)Endre

Jan 13, 2024 04:12 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - All is well! For example, after I wrote that comment above, I started a blog, and it timed out.  Then I got another "500 Internal Server Error". I couldn't get back into the website.  I will try again. But I am not going to hold my breath. Haha!

Jan 14, 2024 09:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Sheri.

Have a great day an a productive week.

We have winter weather in Maryland that will make home showings more challenging.

Jan 15, 2024 08:20 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Sheri! I absolutely LOVE that video - Tristan is positively ADORABLE! I love the he enjoys helping you. You're raising him right, for sure!

I also got a big grin on my face - you and I do almost identical volunteer work! Of course, that is no surprise to me.

I hope you're well. We certainly do miss seeing you here in the Rain.

Jan 28, 2024 01:20 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have missed your posts. I hope all is going well for you.


Feb 28, 2024 09:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

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