Last year I hosted the 12 Weeks of Giving on my blog, where I documented a weekly journal of ways I gave back to my community. I wrote about giving in various ways from donating a dollar to a cause to buying Christmas presents for children off the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The series was my way to encourage others to ‘give back‘ to their own communities even in the simplest way. The 12 Weeks is a count down to the start of a new year and goes right through all the end of the year Holidays.
I’m so excited to journal my mission to find new ways to give back to my community and I truly hope it encourages at least one of you to complete even a single random act of kindness. Unfortunately I lost track of the weeks and I should have written my first post last week documenting Week 1. Instead… you’ll get to read two posts within one week while I catch up on sharing.
Ready to make a difference?!
This year my youngest started kindergarten. I’ve been a work from home mom, working out of a home office for over four years now. Therefore I have gotten used to having at least one kid around part of the time. Noah did attend PreK last year for half days so I was used to getting some free time in. In August Noah’s elementary school asked for mentors and I was excited to jump on the opportunity. It’s only one hour a week during my usual lunch time so it seemed like a no-brainer. I loved mentoring through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization and have been counting down the years to get back involved.
It took a couple of weeks for them to get my background check back and match me with a child. Given my history with taking care of Gabby and her special needs as well as my training in play therapy and other courses along the past four years they matched me with a 5th grade boy they felt would benefit most. Sadly they had been struggling with finding him the perfect mentor match to fit his special needs for a couple of years. I truly believe it was God’s grace that lead me there. The plan fell into place perfectly.
I met the boy I’m mentoring last Friday and will be mentoring him every Friday. He was very sweet and I am excited to work with him weekly.
Mentoring isn’t costing me a penny. It’s my way of donating my time which in this case is priceless. Becoming involved in your community can be as simple as lending an ear to a child in need. How are you making a difference this week?