Sunday, 01 April, 2001
Zilker Garden Fest
The Garden Fest is run almost exclusively by volunteers. There are only a handful of paid PARD employees who maintain the gardens--everybody else who worked over the weekend is a volunteer. There were over 400 of us selling tickets, selling drinks (we had vendors for the food), manning the information booth, providing transportation in golf carts, providing information, and generally helping out. It's heartening to see so many people give their time to help out the Gardens.
Too many people think that charitable giving consists of giving money to a worthy cause. Although it's true that we can use money, many organizations need time. If you want to help out, volunteer your time to a cause that interests you. Not only do you get the satisfaction of "making a difference," but you also might learn something. I've learned a lot from working with people at the Gardens. If you're interested in building, volunteer with your local Habitat for Humanity or similar group. You'll learn more than you'd ever need about building a house. There are hundreds of organizations that would greatly appreciate whatever time you can give them. And it's a heck of a lot more interesting (and healthier, too) than sitting in front of the TV all weekend.