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Living our lives as a busy family has been a blessing. 2 kids, 2 full-time jobs, the business of blogging and we can’t forget about making time for each other. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. We are striving to create a life where our sons are motivated to become strong yet kind individuals. Kindness to others is a practice of kindness to ourselves. This is what I want my small family to live by. It starts at home, and that’s why volunteering is something we try to make time for. Volunteering is good for the soul, and its reward is in the act itself. The key to reaping the benefits is expecting nothing in return.
One of the many ways we’ve been giving back is the Knot It Forward program with Compassus Hospice and Palliative care. Knot It Forward is a volunteer program where anyone can create a no-sew fleece blanket and drop it off at Compassus’ main office. A homemade fleece blanket frequently becomes a family heirloom when a loved one has passed. During this hectic season, we felt comfort in knowing we could do some good from the comfort of our home. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities from home, consider this one. This brought on many laughs on the couch as we tried to complete our blankets while our infant and toddler vied for our attention.
Compassus provides hospice care and palliative services for the terminally ill. I was fortunate enough to speak with the volunteer coordinator, Mr. Skylar Vanderhoof, and he assured me that their sick and elderly patients love receiving these blankets year round. Because of their fragility, many palliative care patients tend to get cold, even in the summer months. Unfortunately, due to current laws, they are not allowed to purchase such such items for their patients since it would be considered as a form of bribing. We purchased the fleece from here and followed these easy directions to complete our blankets.
Reward Volunteers is a site I’ve been using to log my Knot it Forward volunteer hours, and it’s been an awesome way to keep a record of all the good we’ve been putting into the world. What’s even better is that by logging my hours on Reward Volunteers, I can quickly print out the records if I ever needed them or find a new opportunity to help out in my area. Plus, Reward Volunteers get opportunities to win prizes! I urge you to take advantage of volunteer month and check out rewardvolunteers.coop. Feed your soul by finding an opportunity that fits your schedule and desires.
What are some of your favorite volunteer opportunities? Would you like to join our family for our next activity? You’re always more than welcome!