Happy Thanksgiving! We, here at The Scherer Team, are thankful for our many clients and partners. The relationships we have built over the years are important to us, and we are thankful for our many friendships and blessings. During this holiday season, we begin to reflect on all of the good in our lives. And as we take inventory of all that we have, we realize the importance of giving back to our community. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some ideas of the ways we can all be charitable. Whether it’s through time, talent, or treasures, we all have something to give.
Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries
One of the easiest ways to serve in your community is to take a shift at the local soup kitchen. There are many jobs that volunteers can do, from cooking and cleaning to spooning out servings of home cooked food to the homeless community or those that are simply down on their luck a bit. Not everyone has time to take a shift, but there’s plenty you can do if you can’t give of your time. Food pantries and soup kitchens, alike, have a constant need for a supply of food. Most of these places take donations year round. Your donation can come in the form of canned goods or you can make a monetary donation.
Hospitals and Retirement Homes
Volunteering at local hospitals and retirement homes is another option. There’s much to be done in both of these environments. Most hospital volunteers spend time delivering items from one place to another. There’s always a need for gifts and flowers to be delivered to patient rooms or food items from the cafeteria. There are also special programs that require some training such as spending time holding and rocking premature infants. In retirement homes, volunteering may consist of spending time with the elderly just talking and listening, or possibly reading and playing card games.
If spending time with furry friends is more your style, there’s no shortage of need. Most animal shelters and rescues have limited funds as well as people willing to volunteer. Feeding animals, cleaning kennels, bathing dogs, and helping pets find new homes are just a few of the opportunities available at the animal shelter.
Reasons to Volunteer
There are so many ways to give back to our community, the possibilities are endless. And, it’s always a “win – win” situation. Studies show that people who give of their resources get the benefit of “the happiness affect.” Here’s what happens when you volunteer…
- You feel more connected to others
- You feel more connected to your community
- Your mind and body is improved
- Your career can be advanced
- You experience more fun and fulfillment
Our wish for you is that you experience all of this and more throughout the holiday season. As always, we are here for your real estate needs. Please contact the Scherer Team at 888-300-4431.