Life can get busy around our house with four kids between the ages of 6-13. In addition to school, our afternoons and weekends consist of my husband and I playing the role of Uber drivers for our kids’ sports, religious schools, play-dates and extra curricular activities. We LOVE the chaos and the busy life that comes with having four children. That said, there are times when I wish we could slow down just a bit, take a step back and a deep breath to appreciate it all, and do more to understand how other people outside our little bubble live.
That's why it seemed like such an easy "of course" when I learned about "The Giving Circle" at Adath.
This concept of being able to join a group by either donating $36 or volunteering for 3 hours was perfect. Either option was doable. For our family, joining provided us with easy access to learn about volunteer opportunities. We could sign up based on what worked for our schedule and there was no ongoing commitment.
It's ironic: we initially joined because it seemed like a small way to do "the right thing", and did not require much commitment on our part. That said, after going to Our Saviour’s with my son and his friends last year and seeing how good making dinner for others felt for the boys and their moms, we have since participated in more opportunities to help others in our community. We love the chaos of a busy family life, but volunteering with Hesed slows us down and teaches our family to appreciate. That is worth a lot for a very small price....
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