Why I Serve
- I’ve used service both as a way to share God’s love and as a way to form community. I move fairly often, and the first way I get involved in a new place is by volunteering. In Rochester, MN, where I lived for the past 3 years, I got involved early at the Dorothy Day Homeless Shelter and helped revolutionize their intake and management system by moving them to a computer and customized programs, and helped with training and front desk intake of the residents. I was heavily involved with the local symphony as a singer, an actress and stage volunteer with local non profit theaters, and with smaller governing bodies for Mayo Clinic, including one group that supported hospitalized children through fun activities that took their minds off of their situation. I volunteer when I travel, if I can do it sustainably, most recently with Living Water in Nicaragua. Now, newly transplanted to Salt Lake City, I’m getting involved with a local elementary school to teach math after school, the AAA Fair Credit organization which assists the homeless with financial management, and the Humane Society.
How I Serve
- As a Christian, I believe it is central to my purpose on this earth to give to others freely from the talents, resources, and time with which God has blessed me. In 1 Peter 4:10, it is written that “each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I try to live in a way that reflects Jesus’ love to others.