Monday, October 21, 2013

Be a volunteer!

Sometimes you need something to make you appreciate the little things in life. This semester I am taking a Volunteer and Civic Response class. In this class we are required to do 80 hours of community service with a non-profit organization given to us by our teacher. My organization is Arts 'n Autism.

Arts 'n Autism is a non-profit organization that provides services to children from preschool to young adults with autism in the Tuscaloosa area. The program has supervised visual and performing arts activities for the children. It also gives the parents/ caregivers of the children some time to breathe when they are the round the clock providers.

While working two-days a week with Arts 'n Autism I have learned so much about myself and about these wonderful kids in the program. Each day that I can be with these kids brings a bit of joy to my heart! AND they bring sunshine to everyone they are around. Some days can be harder than others. We have runners and non-verbal kids who, like any normal kid, don't exactly want to do as told.

All in all, I have learned that no matter how bad my day may seem I live a normal life with relatively little health and wellness problems. I am blessed.

I encourage you to find an organization near you that you would be willing to volunteer at. Sending a check sometimes fulfills the needs of some need but being hands on will give you a new outlook on life!!! Create sunshine but being a volunteer!

To learn more about Arts 'n Autism click HERE!