Sunday mornings are for sleeping in. Saturday mornings are for volunteering.
Last Saturday morning, Anchal’s dyeScape gardens were bustling with volunteers, some new to dyeScape, others old pros, but all grateful for the breeze and working side by side among the marigolds and black-eyed Susans. These women proved that many hands make for light work, as they came together to pull weeds, level dirt, till soil and plant dozens of new indigo seedlings in small-scale natural dye gardens located in Portland. As soil was turned and stories shared, these volunteers did their part to fulfill dyeScape’s mission of helping women in the Louisville community become urban growers and dyers. Everyone who pitched in agreed that there are many reasons a morning spent in service to others can make for a relaxing, meaningful weekend.
1. Decompress from Your Week
After a whirlwind of weekday meetings, deadlines and obligations, volunteering is the perfect way to get out of your own head for a while and can put your own issues in perspective. Gardening can be particularly peaceful and helps you to feel more grounded and connected to nature
2. Get Moving
Whether you’re sorting cans at a food pantry, visiting hospital patients or tending dye plants, service is usually active, energizing work. The workout is built right in, so if you spend your Saturday mornings volunteering, you can skip the gym the rest of the weekend.
3. Connect with Friends—Old & New
Need to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while? Invite them to volunteer with you. You’ll spend time together while also lending a hand to a good cause. You’ll also connect with new people who share your interests.
4. Start Your Day Off Right
Instead of sleeping in and wondering where your weekend went, wake up early to volunteer and then you’ll have the whole rest of the day ahead of you.
5. Think Globally, Act Locally
Most of us are inspired by certain causes, but may be unsure how to do our part for them. The first step toward solving global issues is for each of us to begin volunteering within our own communities. With initiatives that empower women in Louisville, India and beyond, Anchal is an organization that exemplifies both global and local action.
- Anchal volunteer Caitlan Cole
Want to spend your next free Saturday gardening with Anchal’s dyeScape? Fill out an online application and join our volunteer team!