Now that Deacon is also in school for three hours in the afternoon, I decided to volunteer at our local Adult Community Center. The author of one of my favorite blogs (The Misadventures of Widowhood) writes of such great offerings from her senior center in Michigan.
I emailed the director with some ideas from the midwest and told her I'm available for a few hours each week. She introduced me to the lady (Mrs M) who runs the transportation part of the center who was looking for a team member to help research ideas for lunch trips twice a month as well as a short day trip once a month. Food is my hobby so I sent her some suggestions. And be a substitute driver.
Mrs J wanted to meet in person. For now, it would be the two of us. She has volunteered there for 20 years ... mostly driving the vans and busses. I volunteered there years ago, when Kate was in grade school. Mainly I was looking for a special friend who needed a little company once a week and perhaps phone calls in between. I ended up driving the van, driving my own vehicle to take Seniors grocery shopping, delivering meals on wheels and finally was asked to work part time as the Volunteer Coordinator. I agreed but only during school hours.
Little did we know how many snow days we would have that year. And how often kids are NOT in school! It was a short 6 month stint and I found my special person (through my hairdresser!) so she was my volunteer project (I need to blog about her ... such fun we had!)
There were a few hurdles to jump through before I could be a volunteer again. I had to take a driving seminar on how to interact with passengers. Then get my fingerprints taken and pass a criminal background check. (Yes, I passed.) After careful consideration, I am not comfortable driving a bus and learning to park it. Hard enough with my minivan!
Last week Mrs M asked me to be in charge of the transportation section of the adult center as her husband has cancer and is going to have a stem cell transplant. CRAZY! I don't want to work that many hours and I don't want to be in charge of anything!