This recent article, Volunteer and You Might Find Your Soul Mate, posted on CNN caught my attention. First, as it relates to my career in the nonprofit sector. I like to stay up-to-date on the various reasons and motivations of why people give back to charities and nonprofits. Second, as a single female active on the dating scene.
On March 21 I attended a wonderful event in Toronto called Timeraiser. The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair and part silent art auction where, rather than money, you bid a number of hours you are willing to volunteer for an organization of your choice over the next 12 months.
The evening was a sell-out event with 500 in attendance. A close friend and I had a fantastic time meeting the various nonprofit organizations and found some great causes that matched our interests. And, amidst the bidding on exceptional artwork, of which I didn’t win, our single female eyes took a sweeping glance at the various men in attendance. After we did a quick categorizing of who we thought were attached and not, we surmised there were many opportunities for both single women and men.
During the course of the evening I decided I would look at volunteer opportunities for Habitat for Humanity and Luminato: Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity. Habitat for Humanity as I do have some handy-woman skills and know how to handle most power tools (thanks Dad). Luminato, because of my background in performing arts marketing and communications.
Finding the CNN article a couple days after my Timeraiser experience served as somewhat of an affirmation of what I was already thinking… time to get out there and volunteer!
Alas, I didn’t make any lasting dating connections at the event but who knows where those volunteer opportunities will lead? Stay tuned.