Becoming a Campaign Liaison

When I think of how I would want to make a difference in someone’s life, I have always arrived at the conclusion to “just do the right thing” for as long as I can remember, I have always been involved in community service. I can distinctly recall when I was twelve years old and becoming a volunteer at the hospital. It was truly an experience that has followed me in my adulthood and I have passed that trait of giving and being involved in community service to my teenage daughter.  

I have become more involved with the homelessness in my community, whether it’s serving food at a local shelter, buying and delivering food or collecting clothing items to donate. I learned some time ago that many of the circumstances that people who are homeless, could be any one of us, especially with our current economy. It’s an unfounded truth that all people that are homeless chose to be in that predicament. In fact there’s not any evidence base facts that can substantiate this very thought many people have in regard to homeless people. 

Recently, when I was asked to be a Loaned Executive for Our Promise, my original thought was that I am willing to help, but behind the scene, certainly not as the front runner.  However, because my Chief Deputy, Velda Dobson-Davis saw something in me I didn’t know exist, I accepted the assignment. When I worked as the Loaned Executive, it became more to me than dropping off pledge forms for state employees to complete and return. It was important to me to have the nonprofit agencies connect with the state employees. I felt there was a real divide between state workers and the community agencies. I decided that instead of the employees hearing me or the Chairperson for Our Promise give speeches about how wonderful a particular agency is, why not invite the nonprofit agencies into the work place. The thought I had was to promote collaboration and together we could become a better community. 

The campaign was a success due to the collaboration of the nonprofits and many of the employees having a better understanding of the roles they each exhibit and how they can rely on each other to make it a better community. As a result of the various presentations to the staff at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, other state agencies requested to have presenters from the non-profit organizations.