There is no life that does not contribute to history.
Raised in a household that could at best be described as lower middle class, as a young child, I never thought of myself as having much to give to anyone else. That changed once my mother began taking me on her annual visits to a nearby shelter for girls who had been orphaned or abandoned or were victims of abuse. These children ranged in age from mere months to teenagers.
Every August, my mother would serve a “Thanksgiving” meal that she had either cooked herself or, in later years, had catered. It was her way of showing gratitude for the blessings of health and security that our family enjoyed. These visits also opened my eyes to the fact that despite our modest financial circumstances, my childhood was comparatively rich in creature comforts as well as intangibles such as the security of an intact family and a clear sense of my identity.
The practice of giving is deeply ingrained in me, whether of my time, finances, or expertise.
Some of my favorite volunteer experiences have included:
- Building homes with Habitat for Humanity
- Serving meals with Martha’s Table and Greater DC Cares
- Offering nationwide crisis counseling with the Crisis Text Line
- Providing free translation services through the United Nations Online Volunteer program and Translations for Progress
- Walking, donating, and serving as a walk-day usher for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C.
The global pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of our lives, and this destabilization is even more acutely felt among disadvantaged populations. I invite you to join me in making even the smallest contribution. Email email@example.com or click below to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration.
Rated 5/5 for quality of contribution, respect for deadlines, communication, and overall satisfaction with collaboration.
– United Nations Online Volunteer Program
“[ ] was very supportive and made sure that I was safe … which made me feel better and comfortable to talk to her. I apperciate [sic] her help and understanding my situation.”
– Crisis Text Line, Texter