Instead of taking the MLK holiday off, my office volunteers their time and labor to a local non-profit. Every year we give a few hours to an organization and every year we are awed by all they do for our community. This year the choice for our day of giving back was The National Ability Center in Park City.They work with people of all walks of life and all abilities, including Paralympians.
Some of the guys shoveled snow, while a few more of us cleaned the buses they use to transport people to other facilities in the area and to one of the nearby lakes. In the summer they have swimming, wake boarding, and other water activities available.
Other people changed the salt licks in the horse stalls and cleaned saddles and tackle. The horses enjoyed a snack while we enjoyed the sun on our faces. The valley is full of inversion and being in the clean air was a bonus of the day.
Just to be outdoors I volunteered to wash windows with a few of the others in our group. We must have washed 50 windows clean of winters grime, and while my hands started to freeze, it was wonderful to be outdoors in the fresh air.
Our group did everything we could to help for the day, including folding of brochures and sweep floors. It was a very rewarding day!
The Center has year round programs for people of all abilities and needs to discover their possibilities. If you, or anyone you know need their services, or would like to volunteer, I encourage you to contact them. They're known internationally and nationally, but not as much in Utah.