I’m closing in on my goal of volunteering 365 hours of community service this year. I have one month and 28 hours of community service left before reaching my goal. November ends with me volunteering 33 hours of community service with the Hannukah Hustle and Habitat for Humanity.
Shalom Village is a not-for-profit organization for seniors in Hamilton. They provide a full-spectrum of services for seniors and their families, including assisted-living apartments, long-term care, convalescent care, and a day program. Prior to my visit for the Hannukah Hustle, I had only heard about Shalom Village. One of the many events they hold is the Hannukah Hustle, an annual fundraiser that supports active living at Shalom Village and helps raise funds for improvements to the gym facility.
This was the twelfth running of the Hannukah Hustle. I heard about it from a co-worker last year. When the opportunity to volunteer was presented to me, I knew I had to include this event as part of my 365 hours of community service. There were over 400 participants this year. The most impressive part of the Hannukah Hustle is that residents of Shalom Village were able to participate alongside friends and family in the 1K walk/run.
This month also marked my 50th hour of community service with Habitat for Humanity. As I mentioned last month, I’ve volunteered with both the Robert Land community build and the ReStore. While community builds and the retail store are the most common volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of ways to help! They even offer excellent workshops on flooring and tiling, customer service, and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. If you’re looking for hands-on volunteer opportunities, I strongly recommend volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Up to this point, I’ve volunteered 337 hours of community service this year.