If you work in an office, you may be in the midst of coworkers every day: sometimes you’re collaborating on projects, at other times you may simply share a desk or wall. It’s an interesting situation—we communicate with our fellow officemates all day long, most days of the week, and we’re certainly around one another all day long as we attend meetings, pass each other in the halls, maybe even eat our lunches together. But it’s rare that we have a chance to step out of that office environment and pour our efforts, personalities, and talents into a project unrelated to the bottom line. [office photo by Florian on Flickr]
Our office at Lark can sometimes feel that way—as though we’re all so focused on our work and deadlines that we pass each other but rarely have an opportunity to connect. Most of us here work on one of three content teams: Craft Your Life; Needlearts; and Jewelry & Beading. I’m on the Craft Your Life team, and even though we are merely a group of six, we don’t spend a lot of time together beyond the reaches of our team’s work efforts. That’s why our service day last year was so amazing, and it’s why we had a second day of volunteering this year: we stepped away from our desks and painted another mural at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue here in Asheville, NC.
I think these Craft Your Life Team volunteer days are what you’d call “win-win-win” situations. By spending a day centered on a collective art project, we had the opportunity to grow as a team of individuals without the usual conversations of timelines, design decisions, or editorial agendas. We also enjoyed the feeling of satisfaction that accompanies the act of volunteering: we each believe in the importance of animal rescue groups, and it’s a gift to spend time with Brother Wolf. And finally, it’s a treat to see the mural we began last September grow along the BWAR walls—the good folks at Brother Wolf are happy and we’re happy—it’s wonderful.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is truly an amazing place: the foundation of their business is built upon a steadfast commitment to care for the health and lives of every single one of their adoptable pets. Their involvement in the Western North Carolina community is wide-reaching—if you’re in the area, you could join them in one of their Outward Hounds Hiking Club trips, volunteer at their shelter, or learn more about fostering pets. Learn more about volunteering with Brother Wolf HERE.
Like last time, we painted portraits of dogs featured on the Brother Wolf Facebook page, and at the request of the BWAR folks, we included text in this round of murals. Here are the lovely quotes included in our mural:
“The average dog has one request to all humankind: Love me.” –Helen Exley
“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” –Sidney Jeanne Seward
If you’re inspired to contribute your time to an animal shelter—whether in the company of your fellow colleagues or on your own—here are a couple sources for locating an animal shelter near you:
ASPCA: Find-a-shelter http://www.aspca.org/findashelter
Petfinder: Animal Shelters by State http://www.petfinder.com/awo/index.cgi?action=state
Adopt a Pet: Animal Shelters http://www.adoptapet.com/animal-shelters
Thanks to Lauren Tarantino, Volunteer Coordinator at Brother Wolf, for reaching out to us again and for helping facilitate such a great day. To all the staff and volunteers at Brother Wolf, thank you for all that you do to support and help the dogs and cats in our community. You rock.