‘Unpaid’ Doesn’t Mean ‘No Reward’

Check out this great article I found in the Washington Post by Patricia McGuire:

“She leaned forward, eager in her business suit, pen agitating above her notebook, salad untouched as she launched right into the “informational interview” about my career path.

‘So, how did you become a college president?’ she asked, anxious to embrace my recipe for career success.

‘I stuffed envelopes,’ I said matter-of-factly.

Her pen stopped in mid-air. She gave me a stony glance.

‘No, really, I want to be a college president. Tell me how you did it — what did you study, what positions did you hold, how did you climb the ladder?’

I put down my fork and smiled at her, conjuring my best conspiratorial tone.

‘Let me tell you my big secret,’ I said softly, as she leaned forward.’ I volunteered.’

Looking puzzled, she put down her pen to take a nibble of a roll. I encouraged her to eat — sustenance being essential for the stamina necessary in a presidency. As she munched, I launched into my story.

After I graduated from Trinity, I stayed active with our Alumnae Association. In the days before email, Facebook and Twitter, stuffing thousands of envelopes with …Learn More

Every Little Bit Counts

How do you spend your free time?  Reading a book?  Watching TV?  Shopping?

Sure, I like all of the above, but in my opinion, one of the most rewarding ways to utilize free time is by volunteering.  Projects I have worked on have ranged from working with Habitat for Humanity, raising donations for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, helping students at Salisbury University promote events to raise money for alternative spring break programs, etc.  Most recently, I have been working with Kindness of Strangers, an organization that provides small financial scholarships to assist families in the purchase of therapeutic/adaptive equipment for their child with special needs.  My project:  To help promote their 3rd annual Courageous Christopher 5k walk/run.

To give you some background information, Christopher Mull, a 4 year old boy, has Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy for which there is currently no cure. Dravet Syndrome is a severe pediatric epilepsy that develops in the first year of life. Children afflicted have a significant impact on their quality of life from very difficult to control seizures, developmental regression and sleep disturbances to profound physical and cognitive delays.

The first year the Courageous …Learn More

Mini Good Deeds

What takes one minute, is good for the community, and makes you feel great? Micro-volunteering! Apps are popping up that allow users to do mini tasks that are for good causes. You can do it while you are waiting for the bus, while you are waiting for a colleague to meet you for coffee, or pretty much anywhere you want when you have a few free minutes. Whether you prefer to add locations to a map of your city, make a statement for a cause you believe in or report a water main break, the decision is yours. Use your phone to do something good on-the-go. After all, how many times can you really update your Facebook status every day? Do something good instead!

Check out the following article for more information: Crowdsourcing For a Cause

Posted by: Lorilei Barsh, New Business Development Coordinator …Learn More

Volunteering on MLK Day

As part of the 2010 MLK National Day of Service – A Day ON, Not a Day OFF! – several members of the Campaign Consultation Team, along with family and friends – had the honor of participating in various volunteer projects within our communities.

Suzanne Knizner recalls her experience:

“After participating in MLK Day of Service at Baltimore City’s Waverly School last year, I knew it was a project I wanted to support again this year.  The project was organized by VISTA volunteers.  MLK Day volunteers participated by painting bright, ‘life-sized’ shapes on the gym walls  to use in learning exercises.   Our group of four collaboratively painted a very large yellow diamond inside a purple rectangle on the southwest gym wall.  Each of the other groups painted similar shapes – circles, triangles and squares – within rectangles of a contrasting color.

It was a simple assignment, but upon completion, it was obvious how the overall project would help “shape” a child’s learning experience.  The only regret our team had was not being able to see the student’s reaction to their newly painted gym!  I was grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event and honor Dr. King by contributing …Learn More