Near or Far, Volunteers Make Our Work Possible
Outreach Uganda (OU) is able to operate in large part due to the efforts of talented and tireless volunteers. We would like to extend a huge “thank you” to all of these volunteers. This article highlights two wonderful women who donate their time to support our organization in fun and different ways.
As the Social Media Manager for Twitter and Pinterest, Sara provides timely “tweets” to OU’s followers. She does this work from her Michigan home, over 1,000 miles away from our office in Colorado. Sara demonstrates that even remotely, one can make a difference. Through her self-described “small actions,” Sara feels a sense of satisfaction, stating that “the happiness you give to others is returned to you in your heart, which is better than anything you can put in a bank.”
Drawn to the organization because of its commitment “to get the Ugandan women and men involved in the projects [it] is funding,” Mary joined Carol as a volunteer in Uganda in the summer of 2013. She taught numeracy classes to women to help improve their fundamental math skills. The classes also helped the women improve their English-speaking skills.
Since her return, Mary continues to support Outreach Uganda by selling our jewelry and bags at local craft fairs, including at her child’s high school. Mary speaks highly of her experience as a volunteer, describing her time in-country as “educational and, like everyone says, humbling…but it really was humbling.” She encourages anyone who may be considering their own volunteer trip to Uganda to “go do it. You will learn and experience and appreciate,” she continues, “and that’s what life is all about.”
We are ever grateful to Sara and Mary, and all of our other volunteers, over 80 in all, for the time and energy they dedicate to our mission. They exemplify that near or far, volunteering makes a difference. Additional opportunities to put your skills to use are always available and greatly appreciated. If you are interested in learning more, please email us, we would love to hear from you!
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(If going to Uganda is a possibility for you, Carol will be there for several weeks again this summer, and volunteers are still welcome to join. Get in touch quickly to learn more!)