In April of 2022, I walked into Boaz and Ruth to ask about volunteer opportunities. I was about to take a sabbatical from my career in non-profit and knew I would need something to help me fill my daytime hours. I chose volunteering with Boaz & Ruth/Harvest Thrift for a few reasons.
      I live in Richmond’s Northside and wanted to spend my time supporting an organization that gives back and supports the community where I live. I had shopped at the thrift store a couple of times and felt the staff were welcoming, but it also seemed like they were short staffed and could use another set of hands. I wasn’t fully aware of all the services Boaz & Ruth provided Richmond’s Northside community, but what I did know is they served individuals on the margins and offered them a path forward, not just a ‘band-aid’. That was really appealing to me. In the time I’ve volunteered with Boaz and Ruth, I’ve mostly helped out in the thrift store, Harvest Thrift. I sort donations – clothes, housewares, home décor, etc. I also help with pricing and washing clothes. I’ve covered the sales floor during staff lunch or vacations and helped with Special Projects such as leading large volunteer groups. Additionally, using my experience in marketing and being a former manager and director with other non-profits, I’ve consulted on ways to improve the organization’s website, social media, and provided ideas for improving the thrift store.
      Gratitude has been at the forefront during my time volunteering with Boaz & Ruth. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday this year, I have many acknowledgements of gratitude. The love and support of my family and friends are among my life’s most precious gifts. I hope I do a decent job of expressing gratitude to my family and friends for their love and companionship.
My wonderful dog and cat provide me with unwavering companionship and unconditional love. I am so grateful they’re a part of each and every day. The warmth and security of my home are something I’m immensely grateful for. Being a volunteer often means working alongside people who share my passion for making the world a better place. This sense of community and shared purpose is deeply gratifying. It can also lead to lasting friendships and support networks that enrich my life and the lives of those I care about.
      Lastly, my volunteer work gives me a reason to ‘get out of the house’ each week and something to look forward to. Volunteering is a form of giving, and giving is intrinsically tied to gratitude. The act of helping others, reminds me of the abundance I have. It’s a heartwarming cycle of gratitude and giving.