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‘Tis the Season

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Dec. 3, 2015

By Jennifer Knoeber, Executive Director

In this time of thanks and giving, author and educator William Arthur Ward said it well: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

We have continual days of thanksgiving at Jericho Road Dallas! Were it not for great volunteers who routinely give of their time and talents, sometimes working well into the night on a project, dozens of nonprofits would not be positioned to reach more people who need their help.

Recently, volunteer Michael Miller completed a project for Dream Angels, a nonprofit that works with girls from third grade through high school. For Michael, setting up QuickBooks for the organization was as easy for him as it is for me to tie my shoes. For many projects, what may be a quick or minor task for the volunteer really transforms a nonprofit. With QuickBooks set up properly and functioning well, Dream Angels now is on its way to engaging in its first financial audit, a requirement for many foundation grants that can help the organization increase the number of girls in its programs.

Though 2015 isn’t quite over, ’tis the season to count our blessings. Nearly four dozen volunteers have completed over 40 projects, everything from strategic planning to graphic design and from grant writing to marketing assessments. While we can immediately measure the number of hours the volunteer devoted to the project to translate it into a dollar value, the more important measure comes down the road, when those nonprofits have grown as a result of the Jericho Road partnership. We’ll take the immediate information, but we’re in this for the long-haul, knowing that the problems addressed by so many nonprofits didn’t happen overnight and can’t be fixed overnight. Knowing this community has so many people willing to engage in making it better for everyone, though, brings great joy to my life. I wake up with hope, knowing strangers will help other strangers today just because it’s the right thing to do.

So in this season of thanks and giving, what makes you grateful?


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How can we best address poverty?

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Nov. 19, 2015

RJ Metzger, Jericho Road Dallas volunteer

I think that there are two main phases of addressing poverty as a society. I will address both of these issues conceptually because I think that the blog posts before mine are so well worded and provide good statistics that I don’t want to regurgitate their information.

The Path to Lessening Future Poverty

While I think that dealing with the symptoms of poverty is a wonderful and necessary part of addressing this issue, as it will be my second topic below, I think that we need to address the root source. Much like a doctor attempting to fix an illness, I think that treating the symptoms is important and truly necessary, however, it’s not the cure. Cures are very rare and precious, and in the case of poverty I don’t see a true cure, however, we can fight one of the main causes. Our education system is in a sad state of affairs. When one’s education is limited, doors are slammed in their faces at an alarming rate.

As it stands now, there are many efforts to increasing the quality of education in impoverished communities, but these are simply not funded, supported, or pursued enough. Simply put, our nation’s education system is not on par as a whole, and this will sustain poverty for a long while. So, I feel that more of an effort towards reform and improvement in this regard is paramount, and those that are able, should volunteer efforts and resources to this as it’s as pertinent as food and shelter in the long run.

How We Can Address Poverty in the Now

I know that there are many great people, organizations, and initiatives addressing these things as best as they can. Some non-profits that work with Jericho Road and benefit from our volunteers are doing their part as well. So, the idea behind what needs to be done is not lost. If someone needs food, feed them. If they require shelter or clothing, we as a society should provide for them as well. There are many great ways to accomplish these things, and we should devote far more resources to doing them and not trusting the tax dollar to accomplish it.

Beyond this, it’s finding that extra dollar, that extra hour, or that extra piece of clothing, and going out of one’s way to make the difference. Small actions add up over time, and we each need to help in our own ways.


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How can we best address poverty?

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Oct. 29, 2015

Hannah Flaherty, Jericho Road Dallas volunteer

Poverty is an ongoing problem throughout the U.S. Some areas are worse than others due to jobs leaving and the rate of minimum wage. Growing up, my family was not rich by any means, but my parents did the best they could to support their children. However, it isn’t the same for all families. My husband grew up in Garland, TX. His parents were divorced and his dad had to support Sean and his sister. The stories he has told me about his childhood, makes me realize that his dad struggled to make enough to live on plus feed his two children. Eventually, when Sean was older, his dad found a better paying job that helped with the cost of living.

It is expensive to live in Dallas. My apartment here in Oklahoma that costs $600 a month, would cost me $1200 a month in Dallas. People say the salary wages are higher in this area, but if that is true, why does poverty still exist in this area? I’m not saying that minimum wage should be raised to $15 an hour, but I think a more realistic, livable amount would be nice.

When you are driving in Dallas or in Dallas County, it is fairly obvious which areas are poverty stricken. The area in Garland that Sean’s dad lives in, is a nice, classy neighborhood, but on the other side of town, it obvious to the eye that it is a lesser salary community.

I think a way to help resolve the current poverty issues is in the youth of our nation. Our economy is not a manufacturing economy anymore, we are a service economy, which means it is higher training jobs, for the most part. Encouraging and instilling the love of learning into the youth of poverty stricken cities will provide a brighter future for the economy. Lowering the rates of high school dropouts, and providing positive influences in these neighborhoods would have a huge impact.

 


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How can Society Best Address Poverty?

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October 15, 2015

By Earline Marshall, Jericho Road Dallas Volunteer, and President and CEO, Marshall Management Group 

We have all seen the TV commercials depicting the children in underdeveloped countries drinking dirty water or looking hungry and very sick. We see these images and think this is poverty – and yes, it is, but there are other images of poverty. Poverty is the family who survives paycheck to paycheck, and is one financial setback or medical emergency away from financial ruin, or the children who go to bed hungry, or the senior citizen who has to decide whether to buy medication or food. That is poverty, and it is in our backyards.

I don’t have to quote statistics. We know food prices are rising and wages have been flat for years. We are slowly coming out of the 2008 recession, but for many the economy is not any better. Some people have been unemployed for so long they have stopped looking for a job. There are single parent households making ends meet on less than $25,000 a year. If you make more than the federal poverty level of $23,550 you are not eligible for any type of federal assistance.

The world can seem mean and cold when you are working hard and barely making enough to support your family, or you are a young adult and unable to get that first job to help you while you go to school. We need to call attention to the needs of these people who are the working poor.   They work every day and count every penny, praying that nothing happens because they cannot afford anything extra.

Poverty affects adults and children. It is stated that long-term poverty is detrimental to the social development and mental health of children according to the National Center for Children in Poverty.   That is why food banks, church programs and non-profit organizations are so important. Some of these organizations provide hot meals, clothes, free medical care, affordable childcare and rent and utility assistance. The problem is the need is so great and some areas do not have organizations that provide these services.

Let’s Be a Helping Hand

As the holidays are fast approaching, let us all remember those in need and give to our local food banks and organizations who help those struggling to get by. A little goes a long way. You can help by providing socks, blankets, lightly-worn clothes for children or a bag of groceries for a local food bank. We cannot wait on government changes. We can act now with one donation of anything you have that can help someone. The person you help could be your relative who you did not know was going through a difficult time, or it could be your neighbor, your co-worker, or a perfect stranger. People in need often struggle in silence. Please keep in mind that their struggle does not end at the holidays—it continues year-round, but we have to start somewhere. Please be a helping hand. To learn more about how you can help in your community, visit Jericho Road Dallas and get involved in an organization in your area.


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How can society best address poverty?

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September 24, 2015

By Rebecca Vogel, Jericho Road Dallas volunteer

As a society, we need to commit to supporting policies and actions that put children’s needs first. Children are dependent on their caregivers to provide for their basic needs as well as their social-emotional and developmental needs. Children are vulnerable to poor outcomes when they experience hunger, homelessness, or any kind of family instability. 15 million children, or 1 in 5 in the United States, struggled with food insecurity in 2014 according to Feeding America. 1.6 million children were homeless at some point during the year according to the National Center on Family Homelessness. Countless other children suffer when their caregivers struggle to make ends meet. Any unexpected change or problem such as reduced work hours or a visit to the emergency room can quickly send poor families into crisis and many families don’t have an adequate safety net in place.

Children are impacted by their family’s income, employment and housing status. Children in food-insecure households are more likely to have been hospitalized since birth and are more likely to suffer from health problems. Hunger and poor health lead to a lower quality of life and decreased educational outcomes. Likewise, unstable or poor quality housing contributes to children’s behavioral problems and educational outcomes according to the MacArthur Foundation. Education is directly linked to children’s future employment and income status.

The good news is that children benefit when their families receive nutritious food and housing assistance. Children profit when their caretakers receive educational/vocational training and other services that can lead to good, stable employment. Let’s promote healthy child development and “level the playing field” for children in the educational system. Let’s address the underlying causes of poverty through education and supporting the creation of good jobs.   Let’s put the needs of children first by doing everything we can to help families with children.


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North Texas Giving Day: The Biggest of Online Giving Days

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September 17, 2015

By Jennifer Knoeber, Jericho Road Dallas Executive Director

North Texas Giving Day is here! Time and again, the community rises to the occasion to raise more money for more great nonprofits each year. The can-do attitude makes this community a great place in which to live!

Donating in an organized Day of Giving such as North Texas Giving Day will give you confidence your donation is going to a qualified nonprofit with a majority of its activities in the local area. What an array of choices this year! Over 2,000 nonprofits signed up to participate, and Communities Foundation of Texas has secured more than $2M in matching funds for all qualified donations. Just over 10% of the nonprofits—including Jericho Road Dallas—secured their own challenge funds. So all day long, your donation, your investment in the community, is amplified by additional dollars. With Jericho Road Dallas, your $100 becomes $300 to us! It can’t get better than that!

With such a choice of nonprofits, when you want to support as many issues as possible, where do you start? Start with Jericho Road Dallas! Our partner nonprofits serve well over 1M people each year, working on issues such as hunger, health care, housing, education, homelessness, domestic violence, emergency services, community development, disabilities, youth development, social services, job training, arts, refugee services, youth development and advocacy. We work with nonprofits that focus on the issues close to your heart. These nonprofits have greater capacity thanks to Jericho Road Dallas volunteers; they can more effectively deliver programs to the people who need them most, making the community better for everyone.

Spread the word with your family and friends, build a sense of community together, and participate in the largest online giving day in the country! Invest with Jericho Road Dallas so your donation will have a ripple effect across the community. Rest easy knowing you’ll be helping not only people today but those who will need that help in the future.


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Support Jericho Road on North Texas Giving Day!

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September 10, 2015

By David Overton, Jericho Road Dallas Board of Directors President

Over the years I have worked with a handful of large corporations, and with 20 or 30 non-profit organizations, mostly helping their leadership teams to develop strategic plans.   For all of these organizations, well-defined strategic plans are vital to long-term success. But there is a big difference between corporations and non-profits. Corporations can afford the staff and management consultants to help their leaders develop these plans. Most non-profit organizations cannot. As a result, they often operate with unclear strategies.   This creates confusion, impairs execution, and reduces the positive impact these organizations can have in our communities.

This is where Jericho Road comes in. Jericho Road matches professionals with non-profit organizations, providing no-cost access to vital skills, including strategic planning and many others. In just its first year, Jericho Road Dallas has helped a number of organizations, including an adult job training program and an emergency assistance organization, to develop clear and effective strategies.  The leverage is enormous: your donations on North Texas Giving Day Sept. 17 enable Jericho Road to find and manage these opportunities, giving non-profit organizations critical support that in turn enables them to more effectively serve those most in need in our community.


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Online Giving: Is it a Wise Choice?

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September 3, 2015

By Jennifer Knoeber, Jericho Road Dallas Executive Director

North Texas Giving Day is just two weeks away, and over 2,100 nonprofits are betting that you say online giving IS a wise choice! Jericho Road Dallas is one of those, and we’re one of a small percentage that have our own challenge funds. Every donation is matched 2:1 up to $8,000! Mark your calendars for Sept. 17 from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight!

Online fundraising through an organized giving day like North Texas Giving Day can give donors peace of mind they are investing in a vetted nonprofit. Friends near and far can build a sense of community by participating in online giving events as well. And here in north Texas, we like a challenge to continually outdo ourselves and set records!

The sheer choice of nonprofits can be overwhelming for those new to online giving day events. Definitely do your research. What causes are near to your heart? If you have a vision of what you want the community to look and be like in the future, which nonprofits have programs to support that? Where do you see potential for growth?

What happens when you have limited funds and cannot support all the issues you want? Support Jericho Road Dallas! We’ve partnered with 39 nonprofits in the Dallas Fort Worth area, nonprofits that serve over 1.3 million people annually, with dozens of volunteers delivering over $150,000 in value of services to nonprofits working in arts, advocacy, community development, disabilities, domestic violence, drug addiction, education, emergency services, health, homelessness, human rights, hunger, job training, refugee services, social services, and youth development. These nonprofits have a stronger infrastructure as a result of their partnership with Jericho Road; they are able to more effectively deliver programs to the people who need them most.

Invest with Jericho Road Dallas and know your donation will have a ripple effect across the community, helping not only people today but also those who will need that help in the future. Just visit http://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/transforming-communities-inc on Sept. 17!


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Why do I volunteer?

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August 27, 2015

By Hannah Flaherty, Jericho Road Dallas volunteer

Why volunteer? The answer is easy for me. I volunteer because I want more out of life than just the normal definition of success. In our society, success means making enough money to have all the things your heart desires; however,  I believe success means doing what you love everyday for the rest of your life. I love writing, and I love helping others. Volunteering provides an opportunity for me to do what makes me happy and help others. My hope is that by volunteering I can grow as a person as well as help others in any way possible.
I believe volunteering is important because this world needs caring people. Volunteering means devoting your free time to an organization that benefits from your time. In addition, other people also benefit from the effort put forth by all the volunteers.


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Why I Volunteer

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August 20, 2015

By Marissa Weselak, Jericho Road Dallas volunteer

One June day not long ago I had the best seat in downtown Chicago. I was on a business trip turned weekend getaway, and this restaurant on Michigan Avenue had a great view. To me, soaking up the atmosphere was just part of the Chicago experience and I wanted to spend every moment of the weekend staring up at skyscrapers and reminding myself of where I was.

I hadn’t eaten most of the day and soon had ordered $20 worth of sushi and chicken dishes. I was very aware of the beauty of the city around me as I ordered, but it was only when the hubbub died down that I finally noticed what was directly in front of me: a homeless man, sitting in a wheelchair, holding a cardboard sign and jingling coins in a cup. My chair faced him square on, and I didn’t know what to do. The couple at the table next to mine seemed oblivious to the situation and I didn’t have any other examples to follow. Was I really supposed to eat a full meal right in front of a homeless man? While he sat and begged for coins, I would stuff myself on anything I wanted, and he would watch me. The obvious internal debate ensued: do I give him money? Do I order something and bring it to him? Do I go over and ask what he would like to eat, then order it for him? These last options would give me control over my donation, but how would the restaurant employees feel about this? Would I inadvertently divert business from their establishment by encouraging members of the homeless population to congregate around their restaurant? Had this man purposely positioned himself to put tourists in this very predicament?

In the end, it started to rain and I went inside before my food arrived. When I came back out the man was gone, an elderly woman in his place. Over the next few days the city revealed an extensive homeless population- people curled up in doorways, buried under blankets and coats despite the summer heat; passive sitters with signs explaining their situation; more desperate or possibly unstable individuals who would approach passersby: “would you like to help the homeless today?!” When it rained one man on crutches wrapped a plastic CVS bag on his head to stay dry.

The experience taught me one thing: “we have to do better.” In a country like ours, there is no reason we cannot. Pitching coins to these people was not the answer- we need to eliminate the causes of their situation, rather than treat its symptoms. I don’t know exactly how to fix it, but I’ll start with volunteering.

 


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Random Acts of Kindness

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August 13, 2015

By Earline Marshall, Jericho Road Dallas volunteer

I remember being at the gas station with my dad and a man was looking everywhere for something. My dad went inside, paid for our gas and when he came out he asked the man what was wrong. The man said he barely made it to the gas station and realized he had no money so he could not pay. My dad reached in his wallet and gave the man $20. I still remember the smile on the man’s face and how he took my father’s hand and shook it like my dad had given him a fortune.   When my dad got back in the car I told him the man was crazy, “You only gave him $20 and he acted like you had given him $1,000.” My dad said, “It was not about the amount of money, it was that I cared.”

Isn’t that what a volunteer does – care by providing acts of kindness? I use to think you needed tons of time and you had to be financially secure to volunteer. It had to be so structured and rigid, but in reality a volunteer is someone who does an act of kindness with no expectation in return. The truth is you don’t need a lot of time or money to volunteer. People need help every day.

My Story
Anyone who has been out-of-work knows that looking for a job is a full-time job. I had been laid-off for a few months and was getting a bit depressed. I kept applying for jobs and getting no response – not even a “thank you I received your resume.”

A good friend told me it was time to do something for others and suggested I check out VolunteerMatch.com.   I found a few non-profit organizations that needed someone to provide grant research and writing assistance. I remember my first assignment and the joy I felt from really doing something that wasn’t about finding a job. I was writing – which I love to do and it wasn’t about money. It was about helping an organization I believed in, and about restoring my self-worth while I continued searching for employment.

That led me to thinking about what else I could do and decided to take a dream off the shelf and give it go – I started my own business. It’s in its infancy stage but I am moving forward and very excited. I love writing and volunteering has led me to have a passion for children, education and poverty issues. I already had a background in non-profits and healthcare but by volunteering I realized what my true passion was and that I needed to give myself a chance and go after my dream.

I spend less than 10 hours a week on my volunteer activities and I love every minute of it. I know I have benefited many organizations but I have also received many benefits. I received what money could not buy, self-confidence about my skills and abilities, met people who have shared their goals, visions and business advice, and the joy of knowing that something I love doing is helping (in some small way) an organization that is providing services to people who need them – be it food, shelter, healthcare or books for schools.

Whatever you can do, whenever you can do it – provide an act of kindness.   Be a volunteer – you will reap more benefits than you know and provide so much for so many who need it the most.

 


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Why volunteer?

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August 6, 2015

By Jennifer Knoeber, Jericho Road Dallas Executive Director

I’ve worked in volunteer management for over 12 years, so I’ve seen the best and the worst of volunteers. But they all had one thing in common: they were giving their time, helping the community. I’ll take it.

Of the 1.1M or so public charities in the U.S., 75% have revenues under $500,000 (National Center for Charitable Statistics). Lots of numbers, but what does that mean? Most nonprofits cannot serve as many people without volunteers. So why volunteer? Because your help really can make the difference between one more person receiving help or not.

These days, I’m particularly focused on skilled volunteering. The professional skills a volunteer has developed make the difference between a nonprofit surviving and thriving. Give skilled volunteering a try! The learning curve is much less, you’ll deliver something the nonprofit may otherwise have to go without, and you’ll become more deeply familiar and engaged with the nonprofit. If you’re still in the work force, research shows you’ll be a more productive employee (Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy). If you’re retired, then skilled volunteering is a fantastic way to keep your brain active and learning. A great bonus in skilled volunteering: there’s a high likelihood you can volunteer virtually, so if the hours you are available are early on Sunday morning or late on a Wednesday night, you can still help.

Regardless of the daily news, when you volunteer, you can wake up hopeful, knowing that you’re doing something good to help the community. That is something you can do: make your corner of the world better. Even if you’re not 100% sure, start small to find out. When you volunteer, you’re part of the solution. So sign up today!


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Why should I volunteer?

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July 30, 2015

By Rebecca Vogel

The question “why should I volunteer?” is a no-brainer. Modern Americans feel connected and want to help. Our deep-rooted kinship with other people creates an innate need to promote the principles of social justice: equality; opportunity; and preservation of human, animal, and natural life. But in all seriousness, I’m a self-employed mother of three young children and my plate is nearly always full! I’m not alone. Most of us share overly busy lifestyles. So, perhaps it’s more productive to ask: “how can I volunteer?”

First, seek people and organizations that share your passions and goals. Simply put, you are leveraging your resources to accomplish more together. I’m a non-profit development professional, and I spend my days researching, planning, and wordsmithing proposals to show that my organizations are making an impact. For paid and volunteer jobs, I seek out organizations that are already doing the things that are important to me and are doing a good job. You will be most productive if you join with like-minded people and organizations and work toward common goals.

Second, what if you can reap the benefits of your hard work while you help an organization that truly makes a difference? I’m not referring to the satisfaction that comes from helping others, although that can be very powerful. I’m describing skills-based volunteering: a way to apply your unique skillset to maximize your volunteer impact. When selecting volunteer work, be strategic: the volunteer work you perform should strengthen your skills and enhance your professional experience.

No more excuses! Volunteer work is flexible and it can fit into your schedule. Busy professionals, retirees, and recent graduates all have time to volunteer, although your commitments will vary. Deadlines are real, but skills-based volunteer projects can be very flexible. Many projects can be performed at home and at the times that are convenient for you. Commit to volunteering with the time that you have: even if it is just one hour a week. Trust me, you won’t regret it.


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Why do I blog?

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July 23, 2015

By Michael Bigelow, Jericho Road Dallas Volunteer

I blog for people who are sometimes afraid to express themselves in a positive way. In my life it’s been a struggle for people I meet and come into contact with to be whom they really are with no fear of rejection. This battle is one I believe we all must fight and I want to show people that they can push through any barrier that stands in their way. But where do we get this type of training from? Is there one person that teaches this class?

Secondly, I blog for my family to show them I won’t give up on my dreams. My desire to be a great role model has brought me along different paths and turns these past two years and I just want to tell them I love them and thank them for their continuous support.

Another reason I blog, is for people who want to make a change in their life but the environment and influences around only help them inch closer down paths overflowing with pain and destruction. I shed tears for souls who never had a chance at a stable home or good support system. What does someone do in this situation? What is the success rate for people in these environments to make it out and succeed?

Lastly I blog for the moments of inspiration. Let’s say a teacher visits a student’s home who is having trouble in class with Math. This small gesture can transform a student’s life. Furthermore, while attending college I have come to value and appreciate teachers that treat students as though they can become someone that nations can be proud of. Even though moments of feeling inspired come and go, how glorious would it be to bottle that energy up and reproduce a limitless amount, tailor made for anyone going through non inspiring times?


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How does this benefit me?

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July 16, 2015

By Kim Stock, Jericho Road Dallas Volunteer

“Welcome, everybody! How are you all doin’ today? What? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you! I said, How are you doing today?” Every Sunday, I would shout this into a microphone in an attempt to be heard over the chatter of 20 preschool age children. The kids would scream louder than the time before, hoping that their parents could hear them across the building.

We played, we sang, we danced, and we told stories. Each week I developed new relationships with fellow volunteers and the students we taught. I cherished every second of it.

I signed up to be a volunteer because I wanted to make a difference, but it was harder than I anticipated. I was guilty of thinking about myself in the beginning. How long do I have to be there? I am too tired; what will happen if I don’t show up? What is expected of me? Or even: How does this benefit me?

When the kids lined up go back to their parents, their goodbyes started out as shy smiles and the occasional wave. Then, the waves turned to bear hugs and simple words of appreciation: “Bye, Miss Kim! See you next week!” Just like that, I was hooked. I began to realize I was part of something bigger than myself.

In the eyes of those preschoolers, I was a role model, a friend, someone they looked forward to seeing. I had found something meaningful.

That was the first time I volunteered, and I haven’t been able to stop since. I stayed in that position for a few years before I moved on to other opportunities, but those Sunday morning’s is where it all started. Working with those children taught me my capacity for passion, love, and patience.

In order to make an impact you have to be willing to get involved. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to give back to your community in ways only you can. You can bring your talents, anything from graphic design to web development to local organizations in need of your help. Every helping hand counts.

 


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Why do I volunteer?

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July 9, 2015

By Phyllis Duggan, Jericho Road Dallas Volunteer

Why do I volunteer? I think the real question is “why not?”

Volunteering is a “win-win” — personally and professionally. Personally, I feel good knowing I’m supporting an organization that needs help. I’m volunteering because I agree with what they’re doing and see the value in the lives they touch. They’ll benefit from the time or skills I can provide to help them achieve their mission. I’ll meet new people and make new friends.

Professionally, volunteering may help me learn new skills. I’ll make connections that could advance my career (so I can pay the bills and continue to volunteer).

For me, the personal reasons to volunteer far outweigh the professional. The payback?

  • I feel better, mentally and physically. Life isn’t all about “me” or climbing the corporate ladder.
  • Watching the news can be depressing. I may not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but there is something I can do in my community (or beyond) to make things better and improve lives. When I volunteer, I don’t need a “thank you” or compensation. The feedback that’s most meaningful to me is personal and usually unspoken. It’s a deep sense of satisfaction, joy and gratefulness.

What could be better than volunteering? I’d recommend it to everyone. Consider volunteering to support those in need. To start, listen to your heart.


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