Why do we feel the need to “pay it forward”? Do random acts of kindness? Give back to our community? Serve our country? Help those less fortunate? Give a hand up; not a hand-out?
Is it Gratitude? Appreciation? Bonding? A need to help others? A way to feel useful to ourselves and others?
When I first went on the road full-time in my motorhome, I had a lot of experience with volunteering: caring for injured raptors at a nature center, leading a 4H group, a three year long wildflower research project for a state park.
Every one of my seven years on the road, I have spent some time volunteering. State parks in Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, a national wildlife refuge in New Mexico, picking up litter along Route 1 in California.
Each has been rewarding in its own way and my way of giving back something to my country, my way of paying it forward.
Now I have taken on the greatest volunteer challenge (for me) of them all. I signed up with Habitat for Humanity to help build houses for needy people. The program is called RV Care-A-Vanners.
RV Care-A-Vanners is a volunteer program for anyone who travels in a recreational vehicle, wants to build Habitat houses and have fun doing it. The program welcomes people of all ages, from all walks of life who want to pick up a hammer and help change lives.
Here are some photos of our progress.
I have never hammered so many nails in all my life!
It’s long, hot, tiring work but the camaraderie and coming together for a common goal is so awesome.
Stay tuned for Part 2.
Ever Grateful ~ Annie