This past weekend, I had the chance to volunteer at the Girls on the Run – Heart of Missouri Chapter 5K. I have been volunteering at GOTR since I lived in Seattle. I love this organization. It aligns with who I am as a person. I studied nonprofit management for my master’s degree and I seize any opportunity I have to volunteer with any organization… which can be tough with my work. Here were my favorite things about volunteering this weekend:
- I was able to work with our executive director, Cheryl to get everything organized Friday afternoon for a few hours and showed up bright and early on Saturday morning at 6:00 am to complete the setup. It was raining, cold and not a typical spring day to say the least, but that did not stop any of the girls who were participating in the program and the event. Holy cow, who knew that 150 little girls could go through over 50 bottles of colored hair spray and 20 packages of face paint? Honestly the way they look up to their coaches and friends warms my heart. PS – Huge shout out to the Epsilon Iota chapter of Kappa Delta at Mizzou for stuffing hundreds of race bags for little girls, volunteers and community members! AOT sisters… you always make me so proud!
- Being a sorority women has taught me a lot about showing up, being available, helping, not always being in charge and most importantly giving back. Volunteering, community service, donating and philanthropy is not what I do, it is who I am. Being a Kappa Delta taught me that there is always time for giving back. Being a sorority woman taught me that there is always something I can do. Being a Greek taught me that if I don’t do it, who will? There is nothing I love more then being helpful… to anyone. I am so thankful I had the chance to be a little helpful.
- The mission and vision of GOTR as an international organization is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident – they envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. I have always preached that you should align your passion with everything you do and being able to work with an organization who is working for the same mission as myself is fulfilling. I was voted in as a board member for the GOTR – Heart of Missouri chapter at the beginning of 2016. One of my life goals is to be on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization (and a few other things). Being able to accomplish my life goals inspires me to be joyful, healthy and confident… I am so honored and so humbled to get to do what I love so fiercely.
This organization would be nowhere without its volunteers! I saw that first hand for myself! Please volunteer for any organization you are drawn to… it helps so much more then you will ever know!