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#Sunday Stills: Volunteering

Volunteering is a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labor for community service. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

Wikipedia – Volunteering
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When Terri and I talked about topics for guest hosting Sunday Stills for two weeks, cats and volunteering stood out as ones to which I could relate. Thank you Terri for trusting me with your wonderful challenge.


We have been blessed by the huge number of health workers who have dedicated their time in giving COVID 19 shots all over the country.

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” 

Sherry Anderson

People generously volunteer to help in recent tragedies, weather crises, animal over population, reading and math tutors, museum docents, food service preparation serving and clean-up, road and park clean-up, and even blogging volunteers can serve the global community. In every facet of today’s society there is room for volunteers.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

What organizations, projects, or calls for help have you responded to?

Next week Terri will be back at the helm after having no internet during her move. We are all anxious to know how she is doing and how her new home looks. This week, I hope you will tell us how you are doing and what you do for others. Here is my story.

Volunteering in Woodlake, CA

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” 

Audrey Hepburn

When I retired I joined Woodlake Kiwanis and the Woodlake Chamber of Commerce. I stayed in Kiwanis for the long haul and felt that I could make a greater positive impact on the community as part of a like-minded group than on my own. Kiwanis operates for the good of children and the community and fit my goals in life. I am still a distance member.

Kiwanis and Rotary 3rd Grade Dictionary Project

Kiwanis had several signature projects but they also collaborate with other organizations and our regional division to support the community. Our two biggest projects during COVID was to care for the Woodlake Rose Garden and to help the Woodlake Food Pantry distribute food.

pink roses
Woodlake Rose Garden

Roses take about 90 hours of care per bush to keep them healthy. The Woodlake Rose garden has over 1,500 bushes. The City of Woodlake has 7,000 people, several parks, and about 31 employees in total including the City Manager, Fire Chief and Police Chief. Having a manicured rose garden was not high on any employee’s list of priorities.

One of our Kiwanians masterminded the volunteer care of the garden. It was brilliant. After hearing him speak, about six organizations volunteered with us to assist the City of Woodlake. Especially active, are the Master Gardeners, from who we learned so much about rose care.

Sunday Stills Volunteering Kiwanis Food Pantry
Woodlake Food Pantry

Even though Kiwanis didn’t run the food pantry many of our members played a huge role in its success. Kiwanis in Woodlake always has projects that require students to help. The organization believes that community service develops their character and resume. Students always had a first-hand glimpse at life.

Keeping Busy and Young All Year Long

The galleries below show some of our many of our activities past and present.

Kiwanis eventually abandoned the Soap Box Derby because of lack of participation, due to after school sports programs. Kiwanis then joined forces with the City of Woodlake to provide different kinds of after-school support for kids.

Other organizations sometimes hired our catering services which gave us funds for scholarships and enabled Kiwanis to provide services and events like our July 3rd Blast at no cost to the public.

Thanks to everyone who joined Sunday Stills: Respect the Cat

Forgive me if I missed your post. It’s probably best to post a link in the comment section as well. Pingbacks are not always reliable. Thanks again for joining in Sunday Stills while Terri’s been gone. 🙂

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  1. Volunteering is a great topic to emphasize and highlight always and especially right now, Marsha. I love the quote from Sherry Anderson. I appreciate your sentence how community service develops character when discussing the students. Thank you for sharing an excellent post!

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  2. What a great blog. Thank you for highlighting all the wonderful projects you were involved with in Woodlake. We miss you so much but you keep on Volunteering with your Blog posts!

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    • How true. And there are so many different ways to volunteer. I remember when I was a Candy Striper in a hospital as a kid. It didn’t last, but I learned what I did and didn’t like.

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        • Have you ever wanted to have a volunteer help you? We used high school student helpers when I taught fourth grade. I thought I would train a couple of guys to help me blog. I did teach them a lot, but it never panned out to have them help me. I loved working with them, though.

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          • I used to love my parent volunteers in the classroom. We could do so much more when we had parents in to help. I always appreciated that they gave up their time to come and assist. I made some good friends that way, and their children loved it too.
            I would love somebody to volunteer to help with my website, but I’m the only one who does that. All work and no pay, you know how it is. 🤣

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          • I had forgotten about that. My mom volunteered every year in my brother’s class. I had fabulous parent volunteers when I was in the classroom. We did so much – sewed aprons in first/second grade, had a Colonial Day in 5th grade, made gingerbread houses in fourth grade. I couldn’t have done any of that without my parents!

            About the help on our websites, let’s chat soon about that. No I’m not coming to Australia, and I don’t offer any services, but I’m meeting with other bloggers, and I’m sure you are too, but having face to face chats is super helpful.

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  3. That was a lovely read and I sure can see why we cannot get through anything much at all without kind and caring volunteers! Covid also brought out some of the best in people didn’t it? More of a community feel. Denyse

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    • There were some positive attributes, for sure. To me it is unfathomable that the whole world screeched to a grinding halt and we returned to being a family unit. If not for the internet, I think we would have not been able to isolate like that. Now nurses and doctors all over the world donate time to give the shots so that we can get back to a more public life. It will never be the same, though. We are changed. Thanks for your lovely comment Denyse. I want to learn more about your experiences. You have such a positive attitude about life. How would you like to do an interview about your blogging and photo challenge experience for my blog. It would give me a great excuse to spend time exploring your site and getting to know you better?

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  4. Hi, Marsha – Volunteering is so important to our communities and far beyond.
    During our retirement, the main volunteering that my husband and I have done has been with our local SPCA animal shelter. We have also had the opportunity to do some volunteering with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab, Utah. Here’s a quick pic:
    Thank you so much for taking the lead in hosting #SundayStills the past two weeks. This is greatly appreciated!

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    • That sounds like something I’d like to do here in Prescott. Thanks for sharing and participating while Terri’s been gone. Talk about “much a appreciated!” Terri and I both appreciate it so much! 🙂

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  5. What a wonderful tribute to the generous act of volunteering, Marsha! Your efforts in your former community will be remembered for years to come. I’m hoping to find some volunteer activities here in 9 Mile. I was happy to volunteer when the kids were young with their sports activities and helping at the windsurf club. Thank you for hosting Sunday Stills again, my friend. ❤ And happy Easter to you, Vince and Cindy!

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    • Those sound like awesome projects, Frank. My mom’s cousin Hal, at 95 still participates in tutoring an hour of English class. His “students” are primarily Chinese working on their doctorates. I went with him once. What fun!





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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