On Saturday, May 4th, I picked up a couple of sleepy kids (who are in foster care) "very, very early" in the morning, or at least so I heard as we drove to our designated site. They had said that they wanted to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity but they never realized that they would have to get up soooooo early. There was a little bit of grumbling about not being able to sleep in on Saturday. By 7:45 a.m., we arrived at our location and things got interesting. We went to our orientation and after a few minutes all thoughts of how sleepy they were went away. We got to use tools we'd never used before, and really got our exercise. By the end of the day, those grumpy kids had decided that they really liked helping out (especially since we met the homeowner) and even asked "when are we coming back?" Music to my ears! We are going back, at least once a month, during the summer. Kids have energy to spare and really do like giving to others. Good life lesson.
Mary E. Valdez is one of the co-founders of YTIA, an attorney with an interest in (hopefully) making things a little bit better.