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But most were so much more. One was brainstorming about people I need to contact and partnerships I should check out. One was learning much more past journeys and long-nurtured friendships. One was with a couple who'd just celebrated their 65th anniversary and one was with a recent widow who was spending her first holiday alone. Every one--without exception--was delightful and a learning experience for me.
This is what I do: develop relationships. I connect with people on an individual level, find out about them, what their interests are, who they see themselves as. Not because I have to (no one is requiring it of me), or because I should (studies routinely show donors give money to people, not causes), but because I want to. My main complaint is that I don't have more time to connect with people. Why do I ask my volunteers to come early? Not because there's that much work to do (normally), but because it gives me a chance to catch up with them before the onslaught of audience. Why do we still have letter-stuffing parties, when having the printer automatically stuff and label would be easier (although more expensive)? Because it lets all the volunteers comes together and visit.
What makes live theater so special, so intrinsic to a better community? Because it brings people together and lets them know a bit about each other a little better.