I write this blog to find and bring to light the humor and ridiculousness in some of the everyday situations that I find myself in these days while I am trying to balance being a mom, being a wife, being a manager at work, and what I sometimes forget the most – being myself. I find humor in my #mommyproblems, like I can’t cook a pot roast, don’t have enough time for my Housewives, and my grocery store adventures are in a category all their own! But I never forget to be thankful every single day for all that I have. Because there are so many people out there who have far, far less.
One of the cool things about the company that I work for is that they give all employees 10 paid hours each year to volunteer our time for a good cause. Last week I had the opportunity to volunteer at Rosie’s Place with all of the managers and the leadership team in our region. I was definitely a little nervous at first mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. All that I knew was we were going into Boston to a women’s shelter to prepare and serve lunch.
All of the staff members and volunteers at Rosie’s Place were super nice to us and amazingly organized. We put the meal together and prepared to serve it in the first hour that we were there. Lunch was served at noon. There were so many women that came in to eat. My heart ached for those that came in with their small children. I cannot imagine the feeling of not knowing where the next meal that you are going to feed your kids is coming from. It is so amazing that there are places like Rosie’s Place which can offer such help to women and children in need. We ended up serving about 170 lunches that day and it all seemed to go by in a flash. Before we knew it, we were serving up second helpings and then cleaning up.
We were able to take a tour of the facility after lunch and see all of the other great things that Rosie’s Place has to offer. They have an education program, an arts initiative, an advocacy program, a food pantry, and much, much more. The building was so nice and clean, the staff was super friendly and warm and it really was a great experience. If you are in the Boston area, I definitely would recommend spending some time volunteering here. They have a great website with lots of information on their history and what they have to offer to the community.
My mother has always spent a huge amount of her time volunteering for various organizations and I have memories from when I was really little of helping stock the shelves of one of the food pantries in the town that I grew up in. I am glad that the importance of giving back was instilled in me starting at a very young age. I definitely hope that when my kids get older, I am able to share an experience like this with them. It’s really important to remember that if you can help someone even in just a small way, you should. Everyone can make a difference.
And stay tuned later this month to find out about my third annual drive for Pieces of Home – The Backpack Project. I have organized two extremely successful Backpack Drives over the past two holiday seasons and am so looking forward to doing it again. I’ll tell you more about that another time…