Friends, I would like your input, thoughts, feedback and suggestions for some community involvement. As what I would consider a responsible adult, I feel compelled and excited to spend my time giving back to the community through various service and social organizations. Because I’m new to Little Rock, I am also using this as an opportunity to meet new people and become connected to my new home – hopefully I won’t be spending my weekends alone while Chad’s at work in the near future.
That being said, I’ve been researching some volunteer/service opportunities and will be joining the following organizations:
1. Little Rock Junior League: I’m really excited about this one, as a few girlfriends and former coworkers are or have been involved in their respective Junior League chapters, and all have assured me that this is a worthwhile organization. For those of you who may not know, the Junior League is an organization dedicated to connecting, empowering and growing young (under 45) women. I’m excited to meet and learn from some of the area’s brightest women, but sadly the next membership consideration period doesn’t open until early 2011. Stay tuned!
2. Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South: As many of you know, I interned and volunteered with MAW in college and absolutely loved it. It is truly an honor and a blessing to give back to the children who have endured such hardship at such a young age. Cancer has affected many people in my family, so I understand the struggles these families are going through and absolutely love seeing these kids’ pure joy and excitement, even in the face of unimaginable circumstances.
3. Junior Achievement: I think role models are critical in the development of a child, and many underprivileged children aren’t as fortunate as I was to grow up with strong adult role models. Thus, I’ve volunteered to be a Junior Achievement classroom mentor, serving one hour a week teaching children critical social, personal, moral and business basics in their normal classrooms. I will travel to MLK Elementary School in downtown Little Rock, an economically underserved school, and hopefully become a positive influence and lasting impact on some of tomorrow’s leaders.
4. Church: Chad and I haven’t found a church home here in Little Rock just yet, but rest assured that as soon as we find the right place for us and become members, I will become involved. I’m hoping to host a small group in my home for young couples, but I will remain in prayer about what opportunities are best for me and those around me. Because communication is my passion, I hope to find an opportunity similar to that with Woodlands Church, where I helped with various writing and social media projects.
5. Little Rock Texas Exes: Sadly, this chapter is not yet up and running, but there is a contact listed online. I emailed her last week and she said she’s still working to get our chapter organized and solidified, but once all of that is complete I will definitely sign right up! We Longhorns have to stick together deep in the heart of Razorback country!
This all seems like a lot and I’m worried that I’ll overwhelm myself, but for right now I think it’s manageable. I mean, each opportunity is only a few hours a month, and it’s not like I have an active social life right now… Plus, I want to spend my time in a way that is productive, not just watching TV or something.
So what about you? What organizations are you involved in, and how are you liking them? Any recommendations or suggestions for me?