It’s AmeriCorps week, and that reminds me of one of the reasons I love giving massages. I was in the Pittsburgh Health Corps from the fall of 2005 through the summer of 2006, serving for an organization that ran a free clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While there, I was able to assist uninsured folks to access free prescription medications. I was also able to help in the clean-up from Hurricane Katrina. AmeriCorps taught me that I love “getting things done” and making a difference in people’s lives. Ever since I ended my term of service with AmeriCorps, I’ve been searching for some way to contribute to the world. Massage has given me this. There is something satisfying about using your hands to do something, actually seeing or feeling the effect you are having. From gutting houses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to giving a working mom 60 minutes where she can just relax – I love feeling like I am doing something productive with my time.
So, in honor of AmeriCorps week, I ask that you take a few hours of your time to volunteer. Help out at a local food bank, hospital, or nursing home. And if you live in Champaign, Illinois, may I suggest the Champaign County Humane Society. You’ll help your community, and you’ll meet new people, which is always a good thing.