Monday, September 8, 2008

VOLUNTEERING INTO JOBS...MORE SUCCESSES

In my life, whenever I wanted to do something, I would just go and do it. That's how I was. It never occurred to me that I couldn't do something.

When I wanted to be a reporter for a new Black newspaper here, I just showed up and asked if I could volunteer to help out, to learn. They said yes. Soon I was hired. I loved it. I went to the Democratic National Convention when it was in New York City as Press in 1992. Bill Clinton was the nominee. It would be several years later before I would meet Bill Clinton again. This time I met him in the Oval Office to receive an award.

I once heard a speaker at a NAACP event talking about HIV and AIDS. He asked what will you say when they ask what did you do to help in your lifetime? That question stayed with me for weeks. I went to our AIDS Project and volunteered to deliver meals to people who were sick and shut in. I loved it. I got so involved in coordinating the other drivers and volunteers that they offered me the job of coordinator of the meal delivery program, Caring Cuisine. I grew the volunteer base, got them into a new kitchen with upgrades and raised a little money to do more. They offered me the job of Director of Volunteer Services for the entire agency. I accepted. I created a safe way to intake volunteers. I set up a comprehensive volunteer training program. I got work-study students from Yale. I expanded areas in which folks could volunteer. I ran support groups. And helped raise money.

I was never looking for a job. I just wanted to help, or I wanted the experience. Often I just heard the call and I responded. God has always whispered in my ear. Sometimes I would listen and follow the directions. Sometimes I would not, and would turn away from God's plan.

Looking back at this big life and laying out what I think are my successes has been very illuminating. Thinking about things I haven't thought of in years and years. Remembering times and places and feelings.

There is more...lots more. LOL!

10 comments:

Keisha "Kitten" Isaacs said...

I like this Sistah!! Reminds me of a letter I wrote for my ministry last week. If we listen to the Holy Spirit and walk where he tells us to walk...We can surely get to the Promised Land quicker! You walked right into His will by volunteering...that's an aweome testimony!! Thanks for sharing

Lovebabz said...

Hey Keisha,
I have been a volunteer all of my life. I was fortunate that many of the volunteer opportunities turned into jobs!

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

i never knew u wanted to be a reporter - u would have been a great one

Kei said...

Amazing...simply amazing...You have been truly blessed and have used God's blessings in such a compassionate way. We need more people like you to show our children today what success truly looks like when it's driven, honest, and filled with integrity. Keep up the good work, and may many more blessings come your way.

liv said...

it's always in the last line isn't it?

there's always more...

Lovebabz said...

Hi Torrance,
I was a reporter and fine one I might add! Thank you fo rthe vote of confidence!

Hi Kei,
Thank you for the kind words. I know htere are more blessings out there for me!

Hi Liv,
Yes there is indeed MORE!

clnmike said...

I expect there is a lot more in store for you that has yet to come.

Jill said...

I am not kidding when I say you have at LEAST enough experience to be a vice president, Babz. :) Damn, you've done a lot.

Aunt Jackie said...

i love that you are sharing your stories and successes with us, and i'm sure that it's cathartic for you as well!

NoRegrets said...

Wow, all of that is amazing!!!