Sometime shortly after losing my job and finding out I was pregnant and figuring out that maybe starting a new job did not make the most sense, I started to brainstorm ways to make my not gainfully employed time work for us in the budgetary realm. In addition to returning to fantasies of homemade laundry detergent and fresh baked bread, two ideas immediately came to mind. If I ever get around to the second I’ll let you know. For now I want to focus on the first, the one that is actually coming to fruition – volunteering at our local co-op. Between nausea, traveling and an aversion to basil and other particular fresh herbs, the prospect collected dust alongside starting another garden bed.
However, this morning I actually took a moment to read the weekly newsletter in our inbox. Lo and behold, CCC needed volunteers in abundance! Then I actually took my mouse and clicked on the link to sign up to volunteer. Not an act to be overlooked, considering I frequently leave simple five minute calls and internet errands to pile up into a heap of dreaded tedium. After three months of flexibility it took me awhile to accept a scheduled devotion of my time, but I quickly signed up for the 9 to 11 am slot. Simply making that tiny commitment got me so motivated I figured why not volunteer for two, so I signed up for the 7 to 9 am slot. Then I read the description and realized my condition might not be so conducive to the heavy lifting aspect of the early shift, so I switched to the two-hour shift that runs until 1 pm.
Not only am I volunteering, which means that people can gush about what a wonderful person I am and say things such as “Wow. Saba is such a selfless person. Did you realize she gives up four hours of her precious Wednesday to help out her local co-op? She’s amazing. I wish I could be more like her.” Okay, I jest about the accolades because like all good deeds I’ll be getting much more than I give. By helping out each week, I get the added benefit of plugging further into this community, building relationships and my recipe repertoire. Finally, bonus on top of bonus, I will earn $20 of credit to put towards my weekly purchase and maybe, just maybe, get a tidbit closer to tackling the elusive grocery budget.