Be Strong is my ongoing mantra for this time in my life. It applies to all areas; physical, emotional, spiritual.
Yesterday the company kicked off the United Way Campaign with the Chili Cook-off (did I mention I won, I WON?) Before lunch we had two representatives visit from different United Way organizations and one touched me to the point that I spoke with her after and gave her my personal contact information. The organization is KIPP. Knowledge Is Power Program. It deals with educating children from high risk schools/neighborhoods to get them into college.
KIPP is a national network of tuition-free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is helping all students climb the mountain to college.
I knew the minute she was speaking what I needed to do. I needed to volunteer. Volunteer at an early enough stage that I can make a difference in a child’s life. Let’s face it, my nieces have a pretty good life, and I am always there to help them. But these other kids are struggling. If I can help a child read or run their multiplication tables with them, I have made a small difference. I can also help them raise money. So that is my new volunteer gig.
Be Strong can be passed along to those who need it. If I can do it, so can they. If I can help someone achieve and be better, be “more” then that is what I am going to do. It IS Up to Me.