Beth Walton covers social issues for Asheville Citizen-Times and has made a weekly commitment to service. She recently discovered what many of you already know: Hands On Asheville-Buncombe's Portable Projects offer the ultimate in flexibility. They're also an innovative and fun approach to volunteering that can be done alone or in a group at home, work or anywhere!
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I was terrified I was going to fail you this week: I didn’t have time to volunteer. What with holiday deadlines, family visiting from Michigan, and the stress of cooking one’s first turkey dinner, I had no idea where I was going to squeeze in my weekly commitment to service.
“Our Portable Projects provide community service opportunities for families and individuals that fit their busy schedules,” said my new savior, Charlie Lee, volunteer programs manager for Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer program of the United Way.
There are multiple options, such as knitting hats and scarves for the homeless and making pet toys for dogs and cats in nearby shelters, Lee said. There are also projects that support Buncombe County Schools, like Teacher’s Pet.
Stuffed with leftover turkey sandwiches and enjoying the silence of our apartment after my singer sister and mother had headed back home, my husband and I sat down in front of the television Monday and made math flash cards. My cat, Spooky, joined us, too. She loved batting at the leftover paper strips.
The mindless task of cutting out the squares was relaxing. It led to conversation about education and the importance of math skills, and it also reminded me of a fun memory of a game I used to play with my mom.
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