Growing up, my parents incorporated charity work into our daily life. My Father and both Grandfathers were members of the Rotary Club and my Mom volunteered her time at the Hospital Auxiliary. Each year, I remember looking forward to the long weekend where my parents would volunteer their time and skills to get a Camp for Youth in Need ready for the Summer. I can still picture sliding down the huge water slide (which was probably about 6 feet tall, you know HUGE).
Changing the World One Person at a Time.
Since losing Alexander, I’ve had a real conscious sense of giving back. The thing is that I didn’t know how to change the world. I mean, I’m a SAHM Mom who doesn’t have a lot of extra time. And, we have a single family income so I felt limited in what I could financially contribute. Then, I realized that I could.
A smile doesn’t cost anything.
Nor does shopping at my non-profit local thrift shop, House of Lazarus. The best part is that the proceeds go towards feeding people in my community.
And, you can’t put a price on the pride that I receive from planting an extra row or two of vegetables in my garden.
But, people can’t live on love alone. That’s why donations and community support organizations are so important. And, I got a chance to experience this first hand. I was fortunate to be a part of something big today.
The United Way Ottawa Campaign Launch
- Terry that gave me an extra slice (or 12) of bacon,
- Clarissa from Youville Centre is living proof that motivation, education and support for young mothers can change lives.
- Carolyn and Kathryn from the Ottawa Network for Education that run a School Breakfast Program that feed 12,000 Ottawa children a nutritious meal every.single.school day.
- Susan from Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend that provides a forum in which people can raise funds for charities and do what they love most at the same time; run,
- Jessica from the Distress Centre that provides a 24-Hour Non-judgemental Confidential Helpline for those in need.
- Corrina from Dress for Success Ottawa that provides professional attire, a network of support and the tools to help women thrive in work and life. This non-profit has 125 offices in 13 countries and Mexico (Mexico City) just happens to be one of them.
- Anna, Jennifer and the gang from the Ottawa Public Library. Did you know that even if you’re a non-resident, you can obtain their services for an annual fee of $50. And, they’re hosting a flash giveaway to WIN 1 of 5 Sony ereaders.
- Cathy that blogs at Cathy Thinking Out Loud who is always helping others. Well, except when she’s coming up with ideas on how to help others.
- Amanda that blogs at The Maven of Mayhem that says it like it is and isn’t fazed by much. Except maybe Tim Hortons that are closed.
- Sarah that blogs at It’s All About Me that volunteers more than she works, supports others more than she volunteers (and she works and volunteers a lot) and gives me hair bun envy.
- Sherrie that blogs at PR Mom Ottawa who is the Queen of Twitter Selfies, has the largest collection of capes (even more than Superman) and might just know everyone in the World (or Ottawa at least).
I wish I’d had more time to learn about and speak with every single company and group associated with the United Way Ottawa because there are more people that want to help. Way more.
I want to be a part of it.
I will be a part of it.
How Are You Going to Change the World?
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo was invited to attend this Campaign Launch however, there was no expectation of any promotion.