Lot 48: A lovely charity

March 31, 2013

A lovely charity

For a few months now, I have been searching for and praying for a volunteer opportunity. I was feeling like I was focusing so much on myself and not enough on others. I wanted to help people in some way. So I signed up for two volunteer organizations. One was a community writing center where I would help others improve their writing skills and express their creativity. I chose to work at the refugee center, helping war refugees learn how to express their story in a positive and creative way and often even have to teach them to read and write. I was excited. But the place where this writing center was held was under renovation and this writing center would be put on hold for a few months. So this attempt at volunteering and helping others was halted.
The other volunteer organization was a shelter for domestic violence. It wasn't just for women, but rarely had men. I took a tour and met with the volunteer coordinator and was really excited to help out. I wanted to work with the victims but by state law, you have to get certified before you can work with them. The next training wasn't for a few months so in the meantime I offered to just help out in any way I could. I had to pass a background check first. That was two months ago and I haven't heard back from the shelter even after I submitted a background check. I hadn't filled it out in blue ink so I had to redo it and then I sent it in again and I haven't heard anything! So then I thought well it doesnt't matter, the training is coming up soon anyway. But the problem was the training was a three day program during the week. That meant that I would have to take three days of work off. I couldn't do that, that is a considerable amount of wages lost if I took three days off. I couldn't afford that. So there was my second attempt to volunteer.
When I first started the job I have now, I was asked by my boss to help a board member out with his website for one of his charities. I was happy to help and said sure. That was 5 months ago and just started working on it. The site was built during that time and so I was just waiting until it was up and ready! I have been working on this website a lot this week and am so glad I am able to help out. I am so grateful for this opportunity to help this amazing charity in a small way.
Cause For Hope is a non-profit that goes to countries in Latin America and educates people on how to lead financially successful and stable lives. They teach classes in subjects ranging from how to better your business, how to manage your money and even how to market your business. These people have small businesses such as food carts or just little stands where they sell jewelery they make. I have posted a few dozen success stories on these people and have learned how drastically this organization has improved their lives and has made it possible for them to provide for their families. Some of these people have even been able to save some money. Working on the website has been a very spiritual and rewarding experience for me. I am so grateful the Lord heard my prayers when I asked for ways to help others. I know it is a small way that I am helping, but how are donators supposed to donate money if they don't have accurate and updated information to read on the website right? I have to admit I get chills every once in a while when I read the stories about these people. They are Gods children who are trying to make ends meet and because of this charity, they are living better lives. This is a charity that doesn't give them fish, but teaches them how to fish which is so incredibly more valuable.
I'm grateful I am able to volunteer and help others. Working with this charity has been so wonderful! "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
- Matthew 25:40

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