I was recently given some outstanding advice from a thirty-something that I found particularly beneficial to my mental well-being.
She said, "Jamie, I'm not sure I ever told you this, but your 20's will suck worse than your 30's. You are not paid enough, not appreciated, looking for love, and still trying to figure out what you want to be."
It's true. The 20's consist of looking for the job we love that also utilizes the degree we paid (or are still paying) for. It is about dating, buying endless amounts of wedding and shower gifts, and sometimes about divorce. Sometimes we're stuck between the world of the being single, being married in an all single world, or the girl with the new baby. The advice my friend gave me was to get involved.
"Volunteer because even if you aren't satisfied, at least you can help make someone else happy.”
Here is a list of places always in need of volunteers. Gather your friends and see if you can make a different in Charleston this fall.
Charleston Pride Organization needs volunteers for several upcoming Pride events. Contact Misty at (843)323-0439
Help the homeless at Crisis Ministries. They need volunteers as well as food donations. http://www.charlestonhomeless.org.
If you love children or if you’re still determining whether or not you can exist in the presence of children, you can find out by volunteering for the city of Charleston. They need tutors, mentor, and leaders for afterschool sports and arts programs. http://www.charlestoncity.info/dept/content.aspx?nid=358&cid=1105
If you love boobies, you can volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Foundation breast cancer awareness events. This year’s race is October 16th on Daniel Island, so sign-up to help out or participate! http://www.komenlowcountry.org/volunteer/ or call (843) 556-8011.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system. Fifty years ago people with Cystic Fibrosis wouldn’t typically live past elementary school; now many are living in to their 30’s. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is always in need of volunteers for their Great Stride run/walk, Bike Tour (which is Oct. 2nd), and other events. Contact them at: (843)388-5968 or http://www.cff.org/Chapters/sc/
If you know of any other events or philanthropies in the Low Country, please feel free to post them here!