Why I Join. Why I Volunteer. Why I Donate.
“The dictionary definition of volunteer: A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.
Roxanne’s definition of volunteer: Giving of yourself to help others who are in need.
My experience with NCJW has been a rewarding experience. I have made new friendships and learned new skills. But most important are the individuals I have met who have inspired my career as a volunteer.
First and foremost is the hands-on experience I gained during NCJW’s Batch Pack project. Just seeing the delight of handing a backpack filled with school supplies to children who otherwise may not have a new pencil or notebook made my day.
The POWER fashion shows, during which NCJW’s Thriftique store helps with dressing women who are trying to get back into the workforce, is another favorite project of mine. To see the women who are trying to get back their self esteem strut it on the stage with their new outfits shows me that there is hope.
And working at Gwen’s Girls was an experience that made me realize how life can be so unfair to so many women. The girls are in the program because they cannot live at home due to various circumstances and they are often very hardened by their life experiences. But when my dad was dying, one of the girls asked “What’s wrong Miss Roxanne?” I told her and she gave me the biggest hug…and that was worth every minute of volunteering.”