Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all that you have to do and feel like every minute is accounted for?

I feel this way often, whether my time is filled with Web Marketing Therapy or  Wild Web Women work, housework, taking care of my 10 year old, caring for my horse or our dog and cats. Most of my days are filled from the time I get up until I crawl into bed. Although my days are packed, I know that one of the things that fills my soul – the hours that I volunteer.

I make time to give back because I have found that it gives me perspective, revives my energy, helps other people, sets a good example for my son and is a whole lot of FUN!

I recently returned from a trip to Covelo, CA where I had the pleasure of volunteering with International Veterinary Outreach (IVO) UC Davis SVM Student-Run Covelo Clinic, which provides vaccinations, dewormers, spay & neuter surgeries, and other treatments to the animals of Covelo.  I got to see first hand how important this clinic is to the residents, due to their transportation and financial constraints.

My husband, a veterinarian, has volunteered for three prior trips and I was thrilled to be included on this trip to help at the front desk with checking animals in and out for services, answering questions and filling in wherever there was a need. I had no idea what to expect, I just knew I wanted to help! The clinic in Covelo is in a giant multi-purpose room with cages stacked along one wall, card tables for surgeries, medicine and surgical drugs, as well as a stage area filled with cots for the volunteering students, doctors and technicians to sleep on, as well as a kitchen filled with amazing food that is donated by the town’s residents and the amazing volunteer organizers of Bones Pet Rescue as a thank you to those who are helping out. Animals are examined in cars, in the parking lot, on the floor and in bathrooms (safer for cats that might escape!)  That weekend we performed 105 surgeries and 64 wellness exams in 2 days.

I believe it is vital that we reach out and help those in need around us, in whatever way we can, to make the world a better place.

I was moved by the love people have for their animals and the relief they felt when being able to provide much needed care for their animals, services that would otherwise be unavailable due to financial constraints or lack of nearby veterinary care.  I was touched by the doctors and students who handled every situation with professionalism and care, working from 6 am to 10 pm on Saturday and 6 am to 3 pm on Sunday to ensure that we helped as many animals as possible. As the last animal was discharged and we began packing up all the equipment, I was humbled by the opportunity to be involved in this incredible weekend. While I love what I do during the workweek, my soul is filled by volunteer opportunities like my weekend in Covelo. 

I know that being an entrepreneur often feels like an all encompassing task with little room for much else, but taking the time to give back to others in your community or even outside of your community is totally worth it. Working from home can be isolating and this is the perfect opportunity to remember who is outside of your home office bubble. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it.

Wild Web Women – VOLUNTEER to reset and recharge!

Kelly Kohen

Kelly has over 20 years of experience running the critical “behind the scenes” things an online business demands – virtual office management, online invoicing, online office solutions, client relations, scheduling as well as helping web marketing clients with website updates, SEO, social media, blog content and more. She LOVES her work from home lifestyle and is excited to share her experience with others seeking to spend more time doing the things they love. Read More

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