When I started this project, I has some ambitious idea that I would start running charity 5Ks. This is a cool idea, it combines recreation and philanthropy. The problem is that I am simply not one of nature's runners. As I've been figuring out how I might really pull this thing off, I realized I should probably stick to things that aren't any harder then they have to be. There are plenty of ways to do good that aren't miserably hard.
I also had this idea that I might use my volunteer time to support the projects and efforts of my friends and family, especially those who already give a lot of thier time. My mother-in-law is a perfect example. She is retired, and basically spends her time being a pillar of the community. She volunteers with a lot of organizations. She was able to talk me out of using people's existing volunteer efforts in my totals because she volunteers WAY more than 900 hours a year.
When she mentioned that she was going to walk a 5K to support the Concrete Lions Booster Club , I figured, what the heck, I could walk a 5K. My husband and I got to make a weekend of it, and it was one of those cool events where everyone was cheering everyone before and after the race. Yay! Go participants! I have no doubt that the Boston Marathon Bombing galvanized the sense of community here, and I was grateful to be a part of it. Especially since my (personal best) 5K time was not that much faster than the walkers- including the 83 year old who did the route with two walking sticks.