Tag Archives: volunteer

Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run

5 Apr

Check out my guest blog over at www.northtexaskids.com!

Click here for my story about the upcoming Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run benefitting Dallas CASA.

-Jennifer

Advertisements

52 FEATS – NUMBER 45 (Helping Others)

8 Nov

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

This week I have the tremendous pleasure of delivering hundreds of food items to two local food pantries.  Each year, my husband and I do a food drive at Halloween, and we split the bounty between these two places that help hungry people in our community.  I do this because hunger is an important issue to me, and I want to help alleviate it in any way I can.

When I’m organizing the donations, it’s not uncommon to see tears in my eyes.  No, it’s not from the backbreaking physical work of crouching down over all those cans; it’s because every now and then I lift up a food item and think about who the recipient will be.  I imagine the real person who will eat this food, and wonder about who they are and what circumstances have led to them being hungry.  I’m humbled beyond words to think that I will be helping them.

I’ve long wanted to add volunteer work into my schedule (there’s always time), but I’ve been held back simply because I can’t decide which organization to help.  Isn’t that ridiculous?!  I’m wasting time simply because I can’t make up my mind.  Meals on Wheels?  Women’s shelter?  Hospice?  Animal shelter?  They all have such a need, I wish I be everywhere at once.

But like I said, this indecision is causing me to waste time that I could be helping someone – anyone.  So this week, in addition to delivering all that food, I’m going to decide on how I want to give my time helping others.  Maybe I’ll just flip a coin.  It really doesn’t matter – I just need to get out there and do it!

Shoebacca Community Clean-Up

23 Nov

Several employees from shoebacca.com braved the wind at Lake Grapevine on Saturday to clear brush and debris from a section of beach at Rockledge Park.

Shoebacca.com, an online shoe retailer geared toward the active lifestyle, continues to show their commitment to community involvement with volunteer activities and charity events.  This year, they were sponsors and participants in a local Relay for Life and the MS 150.

For a limited time, More Than Mothers readers can get a 15% discount on purchases at www.shoebacca.com!  Simply enter code MORETHANMOTHERS at checkout.  (Offer is limited to the first 100 customers, and expires on 12/31/10.)

Our appreciation goes out to Shoebacca and other companies that want to make a difference in our community!

Dallas CASA

2 Nov

A friend of mine who works for ORIX forwarded me this message from her company.  She sits on the ORIX Foundation board, and the Dallas CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) organization is very near and dear to their hearts.  Please read the following and help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children by forwarding the message on to as many people as you can!  Check out www.orixfoundation.org for more info.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Can you spare a few minutes to change a life?

On an average day in Dallas County , nearly 2,000 abused and neglected children are in foster care because they cannot live safely at home.  These children are in crisis and desperately need powerful voices to speak for them.

Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who are appointed by judges to do precisely that.  CASA volunteers make recommendations that help judges decide where the children can live safely and permanently.  For many children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant person in their lives during a frightening, uncertain time.

Since 1980, Dallas CASA volunteers have made a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of abused and neglected children.  With your help, we can continue to build a healthier, safer community for all our children.

Abused and neglected children need any help you can offer.  Please consider becoming a volunteer, telling others about CASA or spreading the word about our auxiliary groups, the Young Professionals and the Children’s Council.  One very simple way to help is to become part of Dallas CASA’s 30th Anniversary 30×30 Campaign.  Please take a few minutes to forward this message to 30 friends and colleagues and encourage them to learn more about Dallas CASA and ways to help abused and neglected children by visiting www.dallascasa.org.

Thank you for your time and commitment to changing the lives of children in our community.  You truly will be the difference in a child’s life.

Finding Passion

22 Sep

Being a mother, it’s difficult to find time to do things I’m passionate about.  Oftentimes, I am busy taking care of my kids, meeting their basic needs, working, being a wife, and the myriad of other responsibilities I have in a day.  Some days I wake up and wonder how I will ever accomplish even the mundane daily tasks I am responsible for in a 12 hour period.

From a very young age, I have been passionate about a few things, including ending child abuse and really anything having to do with children, like breastfeeding!  I can’t even say how I developed this passion, but I know it comes from my heart and I feel strongly about it.

Everyone should have a passion for something; some thing that drives your inner soul to make a difference in this world.  There are SO many volunteer opportunities out there.  Some involve lots of time and energy and others are simpler and take only a moment of your time.  Throughout my lifetime, I have held several volunteer positions.  Off the top of my head, these are the ones I can remember: I have hung clothes at a thrift store, I have cleaned out dirty cages at pet shelters, I have conducted group therapy for underprivileged elementary school children as well as chemically dependent adults, I have fed the homeless, helped out in my daughter’s classroom, and I have helped mothers breastfeed and parent their babies/toddlers.

If I can do it anyone can!  A community is made up of the people around you.  You really can make a difference in your community, by taking small steps, and making little changes.  Little changes bring about bigger changes, and before you know it, you’ve started a chain of “paying it forward” and you may not even realize it!  I would like to encourage everyone out there to find your passion, follow your heart, and give back to your community!  If you have a “volunteer” story you’d like to share, I’d love to hear any and all comments!  Tell me how you’ve made a difference in your community!

%d bloggers like this: