I love to volunteer. I've been doing it for years and I can truly say, time and time again, the rewards far outweigh the time investment (That's not to say I haven't had a couple of bad experiences. I can think of two right now. But, it's just like anything some bad, but mostly good.) Once you become a volunteer, you can't help but talk about it because you want others to share the joy and rewards of helping.
The organization I volunteer with now, Operation Frontline, teaches healthy nutrition and cooking skills to underserved populations. I assist with the classes by packing take-home meal bags, helping the students as they prepare recipes, doing dishes and eating the food they prepare. That's right. I get to eat delicious food at the end of every class. Sometimes, I feel the reward is much larger than the labor. The food is so good and so healthy, the people I work with so kind and the students so appreciative. You really can't ask for more.
Yesterday we made an eggplant stir-fry and roasted root vegetables. I'm a huge fan of roasted veggies. If you haven't tried roasted turnips or parsnips, you haven't truly lived. Ok. That might be a slight exaggeration, but not really. We cut turnips, parsnips, beets, carrots and rutabaga into even sized chunks doused lightly with olive oil and a few shakes of salt and pepper and roasted in the oven. Try it. You'll like it.
And, please, consider volunteering with Operation Front Line in your area. You'll get the satisfaction of knowing you truly are making a difference and instant karma in the form of happy faces and delicious food.