Volunteering—Giving Has Never Been So Rewarding

July 31, 2019

Want to reduce stress, combat depression, keep mentally stimulated, or have a sense of purpose and community? Get involved and become a VOLUNTEER. Not only does volunteering offer vital help to people in need, support worthwhile causes and community, but the benefits to you can be even greater. My personal story of wanting to truly give and not expecting something back in return began when my kids were little, and we traveled on a church mission trip to a third world country. My husband, kids, and myself all gave and loved with our whole hearts thinking those we worked with could not give back. This couldn’t have been farther from the truth! The smiles of joy and appreciation that these families in need gave were priceless! Living by this motto has been rewarding—Learn to love without condition, talk without bad intention, give without any reason, and most of all, care for people without any expectation.

Many fire spouses ask how they can get involved and start to help. One way is through the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. Please join the many events the Relief Association hosts all year long in order to help raise funds and support our widows, orphans and disabled firefighters.

As a fire wife, we get to hear our spouses share about the camaraderie at the fire station, as it is their second home. In all honesty, as I speak for myself, I cannot help but feel an itty bit left out at times. So hence the reason how @HousewivesofLAFD on Instagram came about. It’s my way to be a part of and to give back and show support and encouragement to other fire wives. If you feel similar, or just want to be part of something bigger, get involved and come meet other fire families. Your participation will allow you to feel part of the fire community.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please go to https://www.wodff.org/volunteer/ and sign up. It’s that easy to start making a difference in someone’s life—and maybe even yours. For further information, contact the Relief’s Volunteer Coordinator Juliet Brandolino. Her email is Jbrandolino@lafra.org.

Below are some dates and events that you can help out at, but there are many others throughout the year….so sign up!

Monday, September 23 Golf Tournament
Saturday, November 2 LAFRA Open House
Saturday, December 7 Holiday Dinner Dance

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