Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm baaack. . .

One of my New Year's resolutions is to write at least one blog entry per month. Yikes! January 31st - nothing like waiting till the last minute. I figured I'd use this entry to update you, my two faithful readers, about what has been happening since last July.
First, an update on my super-niece. Over the summer, she ended up having not one, but two hot dog/lemonade stands to benefit Bright Hope. She was able to raise over $400 at the two events. She brought the money to her 2nd Experience Tour where she helped introduce the great work of Bright Hope to our family. I'm telling you, she is gonna change the world, just you watch!

Speaking of Bright Hope, I've been doing a lot of work with them lately. I even made it into their newsletter. I have been helping out with the Experience Tours - making phone calls, helping at the tours. Meetings have started up for the Run For Hungry Children again where I am the Marketing Coordinator. I also created a fundraising page for the Run. And, just a couple weeks ago, Makila and I gathered some family and friends to participate in Bright Hope's Hope For Haiti event. All together, the event packed 213,840 meals. That's enough to feed 587 kids for a year. Amazing!

Besides all of my volunteer work, I got a new job! It's at an Early Head Start program working with low-income families in Des Plaines. It is a home based program. This means that once a week I visit my families at their homes and help them find resources and work with them and their children.
My new job is only Monday-Thursday, so I'm still working at Starbucks on the weekends. You can see how this resolution may be difficult to keep. Two jobs, lots of volunteering and still trying to have even a tiny social life. We'll see. 1 down, 11 more to go!

"If you want to be successful, be excellent. If you want to be the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best."

~ Oprah Winfrey