Take a class while you volunteer.11.27.17

Who doesn’t want to learn something new or improve an already acquired skill?

People routinely pay fifty to a hundred bucks, sometimes more, to take a class, and often extra for supplies or materials. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, most people would say it’s worth it and others would say good for you or that sounds like fun. It’s hopefully a great new experience and you’ll probably meet some folks with similar interests.

The down side is that it’s like buying a season ticket. You have a conflict or illness and then miss a session or two and you’re losing money and valuable instruction. Or, you might not like the class that much after you’ve already paid, maybe find it too difficult or boring—a bad fit, but too late to do anything about it.

You can avoid all those pitfalls while experiencing personal growth and expanding your own universe and it won’t cost you a dime, or any more hours per week than taking most classes would. All you have to do is contact us, and we’ll show you more than a hundred different opportunities to learn something new that will enhance your lifestyle, and at the same time find the kind of satisfaction that comes from knowing you are making a difference in someone else’s life, too.

If you love history, for example, you can learn fascinating new things and share that knowledge with countless others by volunteering as a docent with one of our partners like Titan Missile Museum, Canoa Ranch, Whipple Observatory, Mission San Xavier, Pima Air Musuem, Tubac Presidio, or Tumacacori National Historic Park.

Maybe you always wanted to take a class on gardening. You can learn firsthand how to beautify your own place while helping to improve your community by volunteering with a group like Median Green, Cooperative Extension, or the Green Valley Gardeners.

Want to learn more about visual arts, performing arts, great books? We can find a place for you with one of our partners like CPAC, Friends of the Library, or a variety of art centers where you’ll be surrounded by what you love and can learn new ways to reach out to others so they can share your passion.

How about learning more about the great things we often take for granted in our own surroundings and passing it along to visitors and neighbors? You can do that by volunteering through partners like the Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Madera Canyon, Friends of the Santa Cruz River, Lions Club, the Desert Museum, SAV, or SRER.

You can also learn from helping others learn. We have mentoring programs in business and through the local schools. We have tutoring programs, victims assistance and literacy programs. You can learn or enhance construction and handyperson skills through Habitat for Humanity or the Fire Corps, artistic and recreational skills through GVR, people skills through almost any agency.

Joining Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), another of our partners, allows you to experience the creation of new classes and the promotion of teaching and learning with and from each other on a plethora of subjects.

Taking a class is a great way to keep yourself active and engaged and continue to learn, but you can also do that through volunteering.

It might be the best class you ever signed up for.