Ask Mr. Pedometer and Friends…..about Making A Difference.

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, am I the only one who feels a bit of a letdown once the winter holidays are over?

A: I’m guessing that a lot of us feel that way, once family members have dispersed and holiday decorations have been put away. One antidote to the post-holiday blues is to get involved with others.

You can find out many ways to do that at the Make A Difference For Pleasanton Festival LogoJanuary Make A Difference Festival here in Pleasanton – see info below and watch for further details in the next newsletter.

Here are more suggestions from groomandstyle.com, in an article by Rebecca Moses:

“Ways to Help People

“As you declutter your home [after] the holidays, set aside some items to donate:

  • Give unopened, non-perishable food, such as canned goods.
  • Consider outgrown winter clothes, particularly coats.
  • Keep an ear out for drives to collect items such as school supplies.

“Volunteer your time and skills (will make a difference):

  • Help at shelters and soup kitchens.
  • Volunteer at tutoring and literacy centers.
  • Mentor teens.
  • Help at an animal rescue.
  • Work at mental health and help hotlines.
  • Write grants for charitable organizations.

“To incorporate volunteering into your plans, you can even organize a group volunteering effort.

“Things to Watch Out For
  • Know what you want to get out of your service. Helping others is an act of gratitude, but you can’t always expect a lot of praise in return.
  • Know what you are willing to give to avoid feeling resentment.”

As many of us have learned through experience, volunteers get as much as those that they help. It is a great way to “get connected and stay connected” to your community. The Make A Difference For Pleasanton Festival is the place to find where you can volunteer your time to help make a difference in someone’s life or in the community. Come by the Pleasanton Senior Center on January 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and talk with the 60+ exhibitors who will be sharing how Volunteers can “Get Connected and Stay Connected” and Make A Difference. I wish you a positive New Year!

 EAT RIGHT,  MOVE MORE,  AND STAY WELL