To finish out National Volunteer Week, we are breaking down all the pros (and even some of the cons) of being a loyal 3-Day volunteer and Crew Member.
Pro: You’ve proudly collected and saved each T-shirt from every event you’ve supported.
Con: You’ve outgrown your dresser space and even after repurposing your extras into creative items (skirts, shorts, pillows, and quilts), your closet still resembles a T-shirt store.
Pro: Walkers and runners are so thankful at seeing your smiling face as you hand them a refreshing cup of water at a hydration stop.
Con: Your co-workers look at you strangely when in the break room you cheer “Eat, drink, pee, and there will be no IV.”
Pro: Participants love seeing your creative and flashy outfits at their rest stops.
Con: You have burns on your fingertips from hot gluing decorations to your clothes.
Pro: At the end of an event you might find yourself taking home a full box of sweet and salty granola bars, gramwiches or a lot of bananas.
Con: Your lunches consist of sweet and salty granola bars and gramwiches for two weeks. Plus your kids don’t like banana bread.
Pro: You’ve become an extremely early riser!
Con: On those rare weekends that you’re not volunteering at an event, you have a hard time sleeping in past 5am.
Pro: You are an event expert, and answer hundreds of questions from participants and spectators all day long.
Cons: At the end of a long and tiring day, you can’t answer one simple question – where did I leave MY car?
Pro: You make sure participants have a safe route and are skilled at traffic control at busy intersections.
Con: You are tempted to get out of your car when in a crowded parking lot to show people how to get thousands of cars to the nearest exit!
Pro: You’ve become accustomed to hugging everyone you meet, regarding them as instant family.
Con: Not everyone is “a hugger.”
Pro: There’s never a shortage of emotional surges of inspiration when seeing participants complete the event.
Con: No one understands the high you have for the week after the event; not even your kids.