Recently was inducted into the Cottleville Weldon Spring Rotary Club. If you are not familiar with this service group “Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self”. You can find out more at http://www.rotary.org.
I was drawn to the organization for its service to my specific community but I absolutely loved how Rotary views each individual community as a piece of the larger picture of the world as whole. I love the motto of “Service Above Self.”
This week is National Volunteer Week and I just wanted to take a few moments to thank those of you who have already jumped in with both feet for The Sparrow’s Nest. One of my prayers is that I can clearly communicate this vision to people around me and that God would send me people who are passionate about our community and passionate about serving people who are sometimes difficult to love.
I am so emotionally moved by all the people God has sent our way. Each person brings their own motivation for wanting to help. But what absolutely astonishes me is that each person comes with their own unique set of gifts and talents.
We have volunteers like Scott who is our own individual IT department for the website. We have volunteers like Shelley that love the research required to find about ordinances and code. Other volunteers like Kelly can write beautiful thank you cards or Carla can gather diapers and wipes like nobody’s business. I’m blown away by volunteers like Ember, Pam, Kate, or Jimmy who see an event, can dissect it into manageable pieces, and get it all done with grace and speed. Have I told you about our high school volunteers who serve at our fundraiser and students like Kristin who are even planning their own fundraiser for us? Have you seen Ms Kay and Ms LaJuana ask me how they can pray for us? I know the volunteers who are waiting to serve the young women are already praying and dreaming. And I haven’t even gotten to our incredible board yet. Kevin, Susan, Scott, Marla, Cesar, and Amber work so hard to make these dreams into realities.
We have very little financial resources and as a non profit that will just always be our reality. I’ve come to the understanding that fundraising will always be a fact of life for me. But our strength lies in our volunteers. So many people coming from so many backgrounds with so many things to offer.
It is a beautiful thing to watch a legacy being formed.
So for myself and for The Sparrow’s Nest we join non profit organizations around the country celebrating volunteers, those who view service above themselves. There is no way we could have accomplished so much in so little time without your service, love, and sacrifice.
May God richly bless all that you touch this week.