Spent yesterday afternoon getting to know folks in town, and looking for part-time job opportunities. Started with a lead at a wilderness conservation group whose leader left for Alaska. They had already hired someone, but pointed me towards a website with other local, green jobs. On the way there, I’d passed a health food store. The clerk was so kind – spent about 15 minutes with me between customers, and gave me a number of business cards of other healers, and told me about a sustainability festival happening over this weekend. We exchanged stories and hugs.
Next, I checked out two fitness centers to see if they had room for a yoga teacher. One place had just opened 6 weeks ago, and I really liked the décor, group fitness room, and friendliness of the owner and instructor . . . there’s a possibility of teaching here in the near future. I was offered a complimentary class which I took this morning – it was tough! More hugs before I left.
At the Chamber of Commerce, the friendliest woman took my resume, gave me a flier for a small business that could use some help with promotion, and supplied me with road maps and hiking trail guides. Best of all, she welcomed my input on a new 1st Friday concert series that will take over the town square. I used to attend a similar event in a small town – Main Street was closed to traffic so the audience could set up lawn chairs and join together in applauding local musicians. A hat was passed to take up a collection for the band, and a local company helped with sponsorship. It was all very Norman Rockwell, and I’ve volunteered to help with the upcoming festivities.
Like following a trail of breadcrumbs, each helpful person pointed me towards the next . . . I circled back to the local arts council. Offered free membership as a newcomer, I signed up to volunteer with a few of their upcoming events, and bought a ticket for a play that debuted that night. It was a wonderful two-man show about idiosyncrasies only found in small town America. Perfect ending to a perfect day.
Think: When was the last time you volunteered in your community? What unique skills do you have that might benefit others? How can others help you reach your goals?
Say: Make a list of your hobbies and passions. Look online or in the phone book for matching organizations. Call one of them to see what their current needs are.
Do: Non-profits will always welcome donations of money, but donations of time, energy and hugs go a long way as well. And, you might meet new friends along the way.