Today is January 4th, otherwise known as my mother’s birthday and my deadline for completing my 53-hour service challenge. Well, the GREAT news is that in 3 weeks, I was able to log 43 hours of community service (yay!), but I didn’t hit my goal of 53 (not-so-yay). However, I am not a quitter so I’m extending my challenge through MLK Weekend which is perfect because Chicago Cares is hosting their annual MLK Serve-a-Thon on Saturday, January 14th. I also have some service projects lined up next week, so these 10 hours will be a breeze!
I have to thank everyone who has sent me volunteer opportunities and connected me with some amazing organizations. For those wondering what 43 hours of community service looks like, below are some bullets to satiate your curiosity!
– 14 games of bingo with friendly seniors
– Over 200 year-end donor mailers assembled, stuffed, and sealed at the MS Society
– 225 delicious cookies packaged at the Misercordia bakery
– Two great conversations at a transitional residence for homeless individuals
– Wrapping over 500 set of plasticware at the Salvation Army on Christmas
As promised, I did take some photos along the way and you can find them on my Facebook page. Being on this challenge journey has been incredibly fulfilling for me. At one point, I felt like I was getting hooked to the feeling of helping…Not like in a compulsive way though! Anyways, once I complete this challenge, I’m going to think of one that we can all do together. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in a giving/volunteer challenge?
If so, let me know and I’ll put something together! In the meantime, stay tuned as I wrap up my goal!