Be friendly and smile. That was the advice one of the older volunteers gave me my first day. I always thought I’m a very friendly person and someone who smiles a lot but people often tell me otherwise. While I was walking back to the kiosk today, a veteran walked by me and I said hello and asked how he was doing. He seemed surprised but was smiling ear to ear. He told me it’s great to see someone smile every now and then because people don’t do it very often. I noticed that sometimes when I say good morning or hi to people they seem really surprised. I love volunteering at the VA. I get to practice the great customer service skills that I acquired over the years. I learn something every day from the veterans and their spirits put me in awe.
Yesterday I learned where SCI (spinal cord injury) was and today I made it to dermatology without getting lost. It was pretty awesome 🙂 I got a pretty good workout today and yesterday. I always leave the house with a sweater because the weather in Long Beach is not the same as the valley. After I arrive with my sweater on, my first escort has me tossing the sweater because my blood is pumping. I love the workout that it involves. I’ll get a pretty good workout tomorrow. One of the perks of volunteering is the free meal ticket. If you volunteer for 4 or more hours a day, you can get a free meal ticket worth $6. You can buy anything at the canteen/cafe with it. Usually I get a salad and a bag of chips or some chicken tenders and a drink. They have a AWESOME sandwich area which is Subway only it’s not. Everything at that counter reminds me of Subway. The salads are pretty good and they have quite a few options. I love the hot food section because they have chicken tenders, burritos, taquitos and more.
That’s it for my third time volunteering! 🙂 I can actually show people how to get to places without getting lost now! 😀