I started volunteering in November last year.
Why do you volunteer?
Volunteering for me has been a selfish act…a chance to touch the world and give back in a small way with a hope to heal the self. Beyond rewards and awards, volunteering is an opportunity for me to get back in touch with myself and know what it truly means to be human and explore the gift of life in a beautiful way that extends beyond just me and mine.
What do you do when you are not volunteering?
The main part of my wakeful hours are spent at work during the weekdays. I spend the remainder of my days and any additional time I get with my family. I also love to read and write when I can find some alone time.
Why do you choose to donate your time to Maryhurst?
I first learned about Maryhurst through my employer during a program I attended in support of United Way. I remember being deeply moved and touched by what I saw and learned during the short visit. I chose to share my time with Maryhurst because I strongly believe in their mission of providing healing and hope to our children. Our children have every right to grow and flourish in a safe, sane and secure environment and if we can move our children to believe in their own worth and shine their light, this world would be a better place for all, as they, in turn would then be able to pass on healing and hope to many others. I chose to join hands with Maryhurst in the hope of being there to help light up this world by means of sharing what I could, to light up hearts along my own journey.
Can you share an experience with Maryhurst that made you realize you were making a difference?
Given the time I have had to share with Maryhurst so far, there hasn’t been a ‘story worthy realization’ yet. There is a hope and a desire that our time spent together is adding benefit and making a difference in some way. For me just having the honor of spending time with the girls and seeing them smile and open up is a win in itself. If this question is directed at the girls they may be able to provide more insight into how they feel about this.
What advice would you give someone who is on the fence about volunteering?
Volunteering is not a favor done to another, it’s a beautiful experience that enriches the soul in many mysterious ways, so I would encourage everyone to find something close to their hearts and give back to their own selves by sharing their time and talents where they can be used in a worthwhile way. Its an opportunity for personal growth and sharing for the common good of all .. Do it while you still can!