For those still reading this sporadically updating blog, I am asking for some ideas. I have always regretted the fact that my career ate up so much of time that I never had many extra hours for helping the community, the environment, or individuals in need other than the occasional donation or spreading the word on events, etc. I justified the lack of time by saying I was helping people through my art, but that has always felt a cop out to me. Not to denigrate the time I spent creating. Just, there has to be some kind of balance.
So now I have time, and I also have two children that I want to learn to give back and get involved. Only caveat is that it would have to be an organization I believe is doing a maximum amount of good for the money it brings in and also not spreading hatred (so no pink ribbons or Salvation Army). I have some local activist and charitable groups to look into. But I’m looking for suggestions from all of you. What are baby-friendly volunteering options? Options that I could potentially bring a 5 to 6 year old along during school breaks? Give me some inspiration and directions to research!