Tag Archives: volunteer

Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

24 Jul

Have you ever allowed your kids to walk to school or play outside when it’s raining or snowing and their shoes have holes? Of course you wouldn’t! But, believe it or not, there are many children who go to school with inadequate shoes everyday because their parents can’t afford to buy new shoes. It must be incredibly difficult to learn when your feet are always wet and cold.

This summer, join us as we collect shoes for children in need. Here’s how to do it.

  • Print off a copy of the flyer. Fill in where you will be donating the shoes and sign your family’s name. You can add a phone number if you would like.  (Some suggestions of places to deliver the shoes: homeless shelters, churches, inner city schools, after school child care providers. Be sure to call ahead to see if there is a need for shoes.)
  • Attach the flyer to a grocery bag.
  • On July 24, leave the flyers and bags on several of your neighbor’s doorsteps.
  • On July 31, revisit the neighbors where you dropped the bags and collect the shoes they donated.
  • Go through the shoes to make sure they are new or gently used. Discard any unwearable shoes.
  • Deliver the shoes to those in need.

Our goal is for our followers to collect 100 pairs of shoes. Be sure to let us know on our Facebook page how many shoes you collect.

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What Do I Do With the Kids?

28 Jun

Are you looking for things to do with the kids this summer? Download our July activity calendar for some simple fun every day of the month.

Make Your Kids a Philanthropist

15 Nov

Kids can really be smart. Teach your kids to be a philanthropist.

 

Recommended Reading:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Download our Monthly Activity Calendar

 

Who’s Really Driving Your Train?

9 Nov

Have you ever been railroaded? You know, pushed into doing something that you really don’t want to do or agreeing on something you really haven’t had time to think about. It happens to everyone, but how you put an end to it depends upon you.

During a very busy stage of my life I saw a quote that said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person” and at the time I thought, “How true.” I had three kids, volunteered at multiple places in the community, at church and my kids’ schools. It made me feel needed and important and I said, “Yes” to everyone who needed a helping hand.

But, at some point, I began to take a look at what I was being asked to do and how it affected my life. Friends were asking me to pick up the pieces of their projects when they dropped the ball, I’d jump into something with little notice because my friend needed help, I’d volunteer to work for an event that turned out to be completely different than what was presented to me. I did them all because I didn’t want to let my friends down and it’s important to me to finish what I started.

Fortunately, this time of reflection opened my eyes to see that I was being railroaded by people who really weren’t my friends. They knew if they presented something in a certain way or in a time of desperation, that I would agree to help them no matter how busy I was.

After learning this big life lesson, I’ve learned to not get railroaded any more. Now, when people ask for my time, I’m happy to help if…

  1. It doesn’t interfere with my family
  2. I have time to think it over
  3. I respect the person who is asking
  4. It’s a project I believe in
More importantly, I’ve become proactive about how I give my time. I’ve learned to ask people how I can help before they ask me, take on only what I can manage, and say, “No” when it’s not a fit for me. I’m still as busy as ever, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming any more and I have plenty of time for my family.
If you’re not driving your train right now, it’s time to find out who is and make sure that you aren’t getting railroaded.
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