I think it’s safe to say that I inherited my passion for volunteering from my mother. A teacher, and one of the strongest, kindest and most compassionate hearts that I knew, my mother always made it a point to get involved with the community in one way or another—from fundraising for the annual Pumpkin Festival and Christmas Drive to starting new after school clubs for her students and even becoming my Girl Scout leader, she always served selflessly. I remember those years as a Girl Scout visiting retirement homes and putting on plays for the residents, planting flowers and trees in parks and writing thank you notes to local service men. It was through activities like these that, even at a young age, I learned that the satisfaction you got from giving to others far outweighed the little time it took to show someone you cared.
I took this spirit of service with me all the way throughout high school, where I became passionately involved in helping out at a small church-run preschool for children living in rough circumstances, coming to not only admire the children for their resilience, but the teachers as well for their unending kindness. Then it was off to college, where, at Pepperdine University, a very much service-oriented school, I spent three years working as a teacher’s aid in special needs and first through third grade classes for America Reads.
Today, as editor of North Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Chandler Lifestyle Magazines, I have been incredibly blessed to have gotten to know and become involved with some of the many organizations around the Valley, such as St. Jude, JFCS and J3T, Childhelp, PANDA, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and many more. Although all these groups help very diverse causes, they all have one thing in common: the people behind them. I have seen first hand how just one person’s simple act of kindness can change someone’s day, week or even life; and when they all get together something truly amazing happens and lives all over are touched and hearts are healed. To all those caring hearts out there, keep doing what you are doing because you are truly making a difference. You are truly appreciated. Thank you.
Until Next Time,