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I Bet I Can Fill My Bag Faster!

I thought today was going to be just another day at work.

red cross, donation, double red donation, twitter

The internet stops for no one!

Don’t get me wrong, a year plus into my job and I still love it, but it wasn’t just another day in the office.

Today the Red Cross came into the office to set up for a blood drive. I’d never donated before, but I signed up and they told me I could do a double red cell donation.

After I was done donating I had some juice and cookies and went back to work. I knocked a few things out and cut out early because I was hungry and kind of tired.

It wasn’t until I got home that I really started thinking about what I’d done. Sure there was the whole, “I squirted blood out of my body into a bag,” thought process. There was also the, “I just did something that can help six people.”

So I sat and looked at the little red spot on my arm and thought about what I did.

All I really did was sit there and make goofy faces and joke around a little because I was nervous.

It’s what we talk about a lot at The Job, though. We’re trying to get people to look at volunteering in a new light and this is one of the ways we can do it.

The simple act of sitting in a chair for a little bit helps people. It helps people who are in no position to help themselves when they need the help that I gave them.

So, today was a pretty awesome day at work. I’m excited for tomorrow.

Of Ceiling Boxes and Blogs

I’ve never really thought of myself as a leader.  I worked hard at what I did, whether it was school or my job or volunteering.  I really just wanted to (and still want to) be good at what I do.

I’ve only recently  started to realize that people are seeking me out because I am pretty good at what I do.  My last year at Volunteer Maryland started to drive it home for me.  From working with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, to bringing people together to talk to nonprofit leaders about social media, to going to New York to talk about how nonprofits can use blogs for outreach.  All of it happened because people recognized that I knew what I was talking about, or that I was willing to learn what they had to teach me and share what I’d learned with other people.

It’s happening again, too.  Last Friday I volunteered with Habitat of Greater Indianapolis, and the crew leader gave me a person and a task and just let me do it.  I took a bit longer to do it than I needed, but I got to teach the person I was working with how to do a bunch of different things on their own.  The crew leader came up to me at the end of the day and thanked me for my work, and for showing other people how to do things.  They wished I could stay on longer than I could-serving here is only temporary until I nail down a job.

I might be getting another really big recognition that I’m good at what I do.  I can’t say much about it right now, but I’m really excited about it.  If it pans out, I’ll write about it on Friday.

As for now, I’m on a Habitat build today at a new site.  Here’s hoping we’re framing!