For a few months now I have been serving at St. Peter’s School in San Francisco. Reflecting on all the change and growth that has occurred during this time makes me so stoked for the rest of my volunteer year 🙂 So here are four things I’ve learned in my months as a volunteer…
- So much happens in one week.
SO MUCH happens in one week, or even so much happens in one day! Helping a kid who is sick, going to mass, teaching a religion class, missing the bus, getting a free dinner, spirituality night with my community, making brownies – all in a day’s work. Reflecting on everything that I do in one day and in one week reminds me to take each thing as it comes and remain positive.
2. Community is life-giving.
At the end of a long day coming home and just sitting and venting with my community has come to be one of my favorite parts of my day. Knowing that you are all going through similar things and are all supporting each other is a gift in and of itself.
3. Self-care isn’t selfish.
I used to be in the boat that self-care is selfish, but I have learned that it is very much the opposite. I have found it to be soul nourishing, and it can be as simple as a good game of Mario Kart with my community at the end of the day.
4. You get a ton of free food!
When people find out you are a volunteer, they are so excited to give you free anything – especially food! I’ve come to learn in a new way that people are kind and selfless in many ways!
Julia VanConas: San Francisco, California