I was an American Baptist pastor for 45 years – on the liberal ecumenical, get involved in the community side of the church. I retired in 2008 to Seaside, and had two serious concerns: 1. reaction to the rain and winter weather, being raised in Southern California, and 2. what would I have to get up for? The answer was volunteering. I had preached it, I had taught to people about it and now it was my turn.
But, where? And if I volunteer, am I tied down from going on trips and visiting family? I learned of SMART and have volunteered for three years. It’s very meaningful helping children early in their lives. It’s an exciting thing for me that I look forward to every week.