Why do we volunteer?
Why do we volunteer with the Sisters of Providence? The simple answer is because it feels good…
In the past, Stacy and I had volunteered to assist ministries of the Sisters of Providence, a few hours here, a few hours there, for a number of years. We were happy to help, as time permitted, but in 2012, a work opportunity called us to move to Central Pennsylvania. Life in Pennsylvania was an interesting experience. We made new friends, established a home, explored the area, but mostly just worked.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2013, we had the opportunity to take a road trip, which included a visit to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, an overnight at Woodland Inn, and a morning volunteer session at Providence Food Pantry.
The trip was certainly a boost of our spirits! The weather was cooperative, the grounds were peaceful, and the sisters were warm and welcoming. What would have ordinarily been a long twelve-hour drive home, seemed to fly by. Stacy and I could talk of nothing else but how comforting it was to be connected to the Sisters of Providence.
It was that drive back to Central Pennsylvania in November of 2013 that prompted our decision to retire from the daily 9 to 5 grind, and move back to the Terre Haute area. Of course, retirement also meant we could make ourselves more available for volunteering with the Sisters of Providence!
We have only been back for a year and we already refer to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as our home. We volunteer primarily to assist with the operation of Providence Food Pantry, but we also volunteer for transportation duties, special events and to help in any way we think we can be of service.
And, yes, it feels good.
Stacey and Penny,
Your volunteering and your youthful spirits are such gifts to the Sisters of Providence. Thank you for sharing the story of how you came to your decision to move close to us and have much time to volunteer.
Sister Mary Griffin