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give a little bit

I love to volunteer. I think there is no feeling quite like knowing that you are making an actual difference in the world and impacting someone else’s life. Having a mother and father who drilled the importance of giving back to the community into me at a young age, has led me to a number of opportunities that I know I will truly cherish for years. It was one of the main reasons I chose the college I did and one of the first areas that I dove into when I moved to my current city.

But okay, pause. Right now you may be thinking, “Cool. I volunteer all the time too, this is, like, soo relatable!” Or what you are more likely saying to yourself is,

“Good for you Shelby, but I didn’t come to your blog to hear you brag about how awesome and charitable you are when I have absolutely no time to find a soup kitchen – geesh.

Well, fear not! I am not writing a post that puts you on a major guilt trip or makes you question your self-worth. Instead, I would like to share with you my latest volunteer work that, gasp, is something I did from home! Easy, right?

Recently, thanks to my awesome sister-in-law, I have been helping Wayland Main Street with creating a number of marketing materials for an upcoming event they are hosting. The group was gracious enough to give me full control in regards to the design and I think we came up with something that we all loved. Included in the package were: posters, table cards, gift bag flyers, maps with a full schedule of events, and a large formatted sponsorship appreciation board. This was a really fun project that continued to make me feel good after I sent in my work. Knowing that I was helping a group that may not have been able to access a graphic designer before is one of the best feelings I could have. And here’s the thing: this is technically volunteer work!

So my point with this post, other than updating you on what I have been working on and hopefully enticing you to message me about your latest non-wedding project, is to remind you that volunteering can seriously be something you already do. Take a look at your skill set for a quick second and think of how it could help a group or an individual that may not have the expertise or experience you do. Volunteering is not strictly assisting your local homeless shelter – although you definitely should check yours out! Maybe you are amazing at proofreading or maybe you are really good at gardening; I promise you that there are people in your local community that need help and you would be their perfect candidate. When all we hear in the media is how horrible and dangerous everything and everyone is, be the person who shows others that there is still good in the world and give a little bit.

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