One of the goals that I have when it comes to vacations is connections. Making connections with nature, history, community, and each other. This summer we put a little twist on this idea. We volunteered a morning of our time while on vacation. What a great way to get to meet locals, make positive impact all while spending time as a family.
One Saturday we spent 4 hours of our morning directing traffic to TURN RIGHT at rural intersection for a charity bicycle ride. The Ride for Roswell raised $4.5 million for the hospital where my mom is receiving cancer treatments. We didn’t know any of the riders but so many of them thanked us for giving our time. We had fun cheering riders on and just being together…. plus, we got volunteer t-shirts as a souvenir!!
Finding an outlet to give back while you are on vacation is only limited by your imagination and is not as difficult as you might think. If you are staying at a National Park, check and see if they could use a trail clean-up crew. If you (or a family member) like to run, Google charity races or events in the area that you will be vacationing and I am pretty sure you will find something…and there are some very unique races out there! If sporting events aren’t your thing, instead of eating out at a restaurant find a community (fire hall, church or a school group) fundraising dinner and lend your support.
You might be surprised by how much you receive from your few hours of giving back.