For many years now, I have canvassed every April on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society. I always do my own street—people know me, so they are more inclined to be generous.
But when I was working, even though I virtuously visited all my neighbours and collected a decent amount of money for a worthy cause, canvassing was a huge nuisance, barely off set by the pleasure of hearing all the street gossip. Every year I would swear it was my last.
But now that I am now retired, I am looking forward to a fabulous canvassing experience. So much is in my favour:
- In the past, I was never able to find time to canvass before the April volunteer reception had taken place. Now, in theory, I have the entire month.
- With more time, I can also pick and choose the warmest days. Perhaps I won’t have to wear my winter coat this year when I go door to door
- I can canvass, if I so choose, in the daytime. This will be much more agreeable than going house to house in the dark after working all day.
- Canvassing during the day and in the evening, I should be able to reach everyone on my street.... eventually.
Am I setting myself for failure? There ere are so many good reasons to get out there and knock on doors, that I don’t know how I will explain myself if I fail to exceed last year’s collection!