Do you volunteer where you are needed? Or is your volunteer work a thin disguise for socializing with your friends? It is time to step out of your comfort zone.
I have spent the last 13-years in our public schools as a parent, a parent volunteer, room parent, tutor, mentor, library assistant, and who knows what else.
I spent time in five of our elementary schools in town that varied from white and privileged, to colorful and over 50% on free and reduced lunch.
During those times, I have observed many moms.
Ladies. We need to talk about volunteering.
Volunteer Where You Are Needed
Step outside of your comfort zone, leave your child’s school and volunteer where you are needed.
Go help decorate that other school’s library instead of just sending them the leftover decorations from your award-winning bookfair.
For goodness sake, don’t start crying because there were no more slots available during your daughter’s storytime. (True story Y’all) Help the librarian who doesn’t have volunteers for half of the classes because the parents have to work.
Mentor a child who doesn’t have the benefit of two parents or a stay-at-home mom.
Tutor a kid whose parents didn’t graduate from college or maybe even high school.
But please don’t tell me you can’t volunteer where there is a need because you have maxed out your volunteer time.
You have time to spend the entire school day for weeks on end elaborately decorating the school to win the Scholastic Book Fair.
You have time to volunteer where you are needed.
Read all 50 pieces of advice I shared in honor of my 50th birthday.