“…To whom much is given, of him shall much be required.”
This sentiment is one I take seriously, both professionally and personally. Leading by example, I willingly jump in wherever my talents and skills can be useful.
As you browse through these examples of some current volunteer roles, you’ll notice that while many of the positions call on my leadership skills, I also serve behind the scenes: setting up chairs, making coffee, selling raffle tickets, or chauffering a visiting VIP to the airport.
When I joined the Board of Directors of Dorcas Place in late 2011, the first order of business was to discuss plans for an upcoming merger with the International Institute of Rhode Island.
These two organizations — both well-known and well-respected resources in the Rhode Island community — served similar clientele:
- Dorcas Place’s focus was primarily on education and job training.
- International Institute served mostly immigrants and refugees to Rhode Island and connected them with programs and resources.
I was excited to be a part of this pivotal move in the history of both groups, and committed time and energy to thinking through the various aspects that are necessary for merging two $4M organizations serving thousands of clients each year.
In addition to serving as a vocal and engaged member of the Board of Directors for the new Dorcas International, I leveraged my marketing and communications expertise to advise the organization’s leadership on their quest for a new brand identity, discussed the value of their existing brand equity, and consulted on a number of public relations matters. In addition, I took a lead role in working with the selected design agency as Dorcas International developed a new look, and even mediated a discussion of design concepts with director-level staff of the combined organization.
Having family members who have lived with mental health issues, I’ve become committed to the notion that mental wellness affects more than just those who are diagnosed. Through my work and experience with PeaceLove, I’ve found a way to channel that commitment to the local community.
In my support of PeaceLove’s work, I’ve served in a number of roles – both advisory and hands-on – and have been a strong proponent and outspoken advocate of their work and programs. My support of their efforts have included serving on a marketing committee, recommending their services to colleagues and friends, and staffing a booth at a public event. Personally, I’ve participated in some of their programs, and – inspired by what I learned – have started a grassroots-level creative art experience for others.
Sts. Matthew and Mark
I have long been a believer that engaging in active service for an organization is one way to quickly feel a part of the community. So, when I joined a local Episcopal parish in my town, asking “how can I help?” was a way for me to start becoming engaged.
Since first walking through the doors of Sts. Matthew and Mark, I’ve held a number of positions, including newcomer greeter, altar guild member, pledge counter, stewardship committee co-chair, and coffee hour host. In addition, I have used my professional skills and experience to support the church in other ways: as newsletter editor, project manager for a website development project, and ad hoc advisor on social media.
In 2013, I was also asked to serve on a Diocesan-level communications committee, and represented the diocese at a Province-wide forum on communications topics held in New Hampshire.
These various service roles have helped to enhance my relationship with others in the local community, and they have enriched my spiritual experience.