As a member of the HandsOn Twin Cities Board of Directors, much of my “hands-on” volunteering happens within the four walls of the HandsOn conference room. While important, it’s gratifying when my involvement with the organization also affords me the opportunity to roll my sleeves up and make a visible impact in the community!
On Friday, April 20, I joined forces with an enthusiastic group of volunteers from General Mills to help prepare the beautiful Lake Harriet Rose Garden for the spring and summer seasons. With a team of seven people, our group was able to transport all of the leaves and debris from the park to the nearby compost pile, and prune back a huge number of plants that will delight park visitors in only a few short weeks!
General Mills partnered with HandsOn to organize and execute its “Think Global, Volunteer Local” initiative in the Twin Cities. Think Global, Volunteer Local brought 400 General Mills employees and retirees out to volunteer for 17 projects throughout the week of April 16-20. The Twin Cities program was part of the company’s broader volunteering program – you got it – across the globe! It felt very momentous to know that I was one of thousands of people donating their time to improve their communities in cities throughout the world.
If you’d like to get out and volunteer in your own community, check out www.handsontwincities.org to find an opportunity that fits your interests, skills and desire to make a difference. What are you waiting for?!