Today’s giving: Spent half the day with a team of volunteers reframing and installing doors in a trailer home of an unemployed family, working through the organization Rebuilding Together Washington County.
I’ve written about the discomfort of Thoughtful Giving. Today I got to experience that discomfort first hand.
This morning, I volunteered with an organization new to me – Rebuilding Together Washington County. I was to report to a trailer home in Beaverton to help install new and reframe outside doors.
As I got ready to go, every nervous thought flowed through me, “What tools do I need?”, “How should I dress?”, “What if the other guys are really good?” “What if I’m no help?”, etc.
And as it turned out, the other guys were really good, experienced carpenters. But they were also patient, helpful and they listened to my ideas too.
And did I help? Oh yes. Not only did the work take about 1/2 as long with the five of us, I was able to do a lot – removing and reframing doors, tearing off and reinstalling trim, caulking, lifting, carrying, working on the high spots and even helping the home owner with a few computer questions.
By overcoming that initial discomfort, I got to connect with people doing good work in our community, learn some new skills, and see a part of the city I didn’t know was there.