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50 Volunteering Projects in One Year – The Conclusion of Mission 50

I’m sorry. Not just for the title of this project which was…mmm…lacking… but because it’s taken me so long to summarize my volunteering experience. I kind of got back handed by life about a week after I cut my hair and I’m still trying to stand up. The good news is I have almost found my footing and expect to be my old snarky self shortly.

At this point I should say something profound about the 50 volunteer projects and how they changed my life. Of course they did – anything I type at this point about that would be a boring cliché.  Instead, here are some of my favorite memories from my little adventures…

pa-and-raegan-1Sliding down embankments in Malibu with thigh high water waiters on – trying to get to  remote creeks so I could measure bacteria levels in the streams.

The first time I read to a classroom of 1st graders I lost my place in “The Velveteen Rabbit” and ended up improv-ing pages until I found my place.

Getting into a fight with another volunteer during a school cleanup because they were dumping bleach into the LA sewers.

Showing up at exactly the right time to read my uncle’s name at a 3-day continuous reading of the deceased listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Hurting my foot during Walk 4 Water and still having to do a 5k everyday for ten more days.

Walking into my bathroom in the morning and having a tiny herd of kittens stampede me and then crawl into my lap and fall asleep.

The homeless child in the lilac cap at the Christmas gift give-away.

Spotting birds with Audubon that I literally would have trampled a week earlier.

The people of Lake Arrowhead Rep.

Questioning my vegetarianism during the third hour of scooping sh$% at Animal Acres Farm Sanctuary.

Speaking at a city meeting in support of Marine Protection Areas and almost passing out.

How badly I wanted a loving family like the ones I met while preparing the Thanksgiving meal at the KidSave holiday party.

The simplicity of giving to KIVA.org.

Writing letters to soldiers for Operation Gratitude, telling them a few stories, and in return remembering Pa whisper his stories to me during his last weeks.

Missing Pa the whole time, every minute, and never being able to forget that I have huge shoes to fill.

[Picture: Pa tells me a story about three high strung bears and a bad blonde named Goldie Locks.]
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3 comments

  1. Hey Raegan,

    Great job getting involved! And I love the pic with your Pa. 🙂 Your vignette about the Vietnam memorial makes me think of The Long Grey Line which I read last year. It is an excellent look into the lives of the soldiers that fought in the Vietnam War before, during, and after from the perspective of some graduates of West Point. fwiw.
    Take care!
    Liz

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