“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
This quote has always impacted me because I get to see it happening every day. At Infant Crisis Services, I get the privilege to work with more than 2,300 volunteers a year who support our mission to ensure no baby goes hungry. Our volunteers demonstrate our core values; Kindness, compassion, Respect and Love in all their interactions with clients and staff.
All year, I see volunteers donate multiple days a week to sorting, cleaning and hanging the baby and toddler clothing, I see daily tea parties with princesses and princes, little mommies making dinner for the volunteers in the little wooden kitchen, little cowboys and cowgirls riding the horses in the play room with grins from ear to ear and sleepy babies in the arms of volunteers who put their whole heart into the time they donate.
I see a mom who just needs a hug from someone who understands, and a volunteer with waiting arms. I see volunteers meticulously clean and sanitize the toys in the playroom daily. I witness thousands of volunteers assemble diaper packs and food packs for the babies and toddlers, label countless cans of formula and check in thousands of pounds of donated items by the community.
It is amazing to witness what a committed group of individuals can do to help someone in need.
It is a privilege to be able to have a whole week to say thank you to the people who are the lifeblood of our agency. Without them, feeding more than 14,000 babies and toddlers would not be possible.
Thank you Infant Crisis Services volunteers for all you do to ensure no baby or toddler goes hungry.
Beth Lykins, Director of Volunteer Programs
Posted on Tue, April 17, 2012
by Beth Lykins