Don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner… With Christmas soon to follow. Hopefully you’re lucky enough to be home or at least be with family and friends during this time but if you’re not, don’t get down on yourself. There are many ways in which you can spend this time and it can make for some great memories.
Unfortunately being a traveler may mean you might miss those treasured holidays that you’re use to spending with those near and dear. It’s just part of the job. So why not make the most of your situation. Hopefully you’ve been working long enough that you’ve made some solid connections with those you work with and maybe even those you’ve met out and about. Perhaps there are a number of you in the same boat and have no where to go, so why not invite a few of your coworkers and others for a bit of a potluck. Everyone can contribute to the meal and it will surely bring you that much closer to one another. Afterall, travel therapy and rehab jobs is the perfect way to meet new people and this is certainly one way to do just that.
If hosting a party of sorts is not your bag, you can certainly spend your time helping others and being thankful for everything you have that others might not. If you have a computer with an internet connection handy, why not look up some places where you can volunteer your time helping serve dinner to those less fortunate? Or you can set up a canned food drive at your work to donate to a local food bank or other charity. There’s no better feeling than knowing you can help brighten another persons day by simply being a friendly face or just offering an hour of your time. I’ve done it myself and the rewards are far greater than coming home with a plate full of leftovers.
You see, you don’t have to be alone over Thanksgiving. There are so many ways you can spend your time while being thankful for all that you have. If you remember what these times are all about, it won’t seem so bad that you’re not able to share that with those you normally do.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the local rag for parades and other seasonal festivities.
Here are a few sites that can point you in the right direction for volunteering opportunities.
VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
SERVEnet.org is a website that mobilizes and empowers the volunteer service community to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing local communities.
Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.