I've written another post about this a few months ago but as soon as I feel better, I start volunteering. Since my time is somewhat limited these days (I'm working on a big freelance writing assignment which is due in a few weeks, finishing my last photography assignment, and studying for the final), my top priority is to entertain my mother and her friends at her assisted living facility. I play the Autoharp and I'm accompanied on the harmonica by Monroe, an 89-year-old resident who's a friend of my mother's.
We sing a lot of songs that people in their eighties (and older) like. It's fortunate because I like all these old Gershwin and Porter tunes as well as folk songs and songs that are categorized as "Americana," although I'm not quite sure what that means. My only real concern is that that the songs must be in the key of "C" because Monroe plays a "C" harmonica.
I not only enjoy performing but I also like practicing. I've found that tuning my Autoharp is a perfect exercise when I'm slightly hypomanic because it takes a long time, and requires a lot of patience, which is a kind of zen-like activity.
I'd be interested in knowing what volunteer activities others engage in. While I can't wait to hear from my "regulars," it would also be nice to hear from those of you who read this blog but never comment. In an odd way, I somewhat feel like writing comments when you read a blog on a regular basis is sort of like volunteering. It's a way of sharing your expertise to help others. We are certainly a welcoming group and would enjoy having you participate.
FYI...when I'm looking for new songs, I go to this great site, The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health), which not only has lyrics but you can hear all the songs.