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 Christopher walk raised enough money to purchase a seizure response dog. The Mull family decided to continue with the 5K for a second year.  Proceeds from the 2nd Annual Courageous Christopher 5K were given to a local elementary school to assist in the purchase of playground equipment for children of all abilities.  And so it continues.  This year the race will go on and continue to provide children with disabilities the equipment necessary to give them the same opportunities to grow and play as children without disabilities.

I have been helping the organization to begin to incorporate social media into their efforts.  I will also be recruiting volunteers for race day.  This has been such a rewarding experience and it is not over yet.  The race is scheduled for May 15, in Salisbury, Maryland and I cannot wait to see the outcome.  If you or anyone you know is interested in running please check out the race registration site.  There will also be food, live music, and a silent auction.

Posted by:  Lorilei Barsh, New Business Development Coordinator