Learning Through Work: One Girl's Thoughts on Volunteer Life

Monday, April 30, 2018

By now, you've probably realized that I have quite a few different interests and "jobs". What can I say, I'm a jack of all trades! :P

But I wanted to let you know that this is my last learning through work for right now.

I volunteer weekly at Colorado Family Life Center which reaches out to teen and fist-time parents primarily, offering classes on pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting, and so many more topics.

I've been volunteering at Colorado Family Life Center for almost 2 years now, and I wanted to share some of the things I've learned from that experience!

As with many organizations that run mainly through volunteer power, there's a lot to do at CFLC... and not a lot of people to do it. So it's good to be flexible with how you serve.

Right now I mainly do data entry, but because I've been flexible with what needs to get done, I can do almost anything. I can help in the boutique, I can meet with clients, I could even do reception and make appointments if I needed to! It's a huge blessing to the organization when I can do whatever needs to be done.

I think the most important thing to remember is that I want to keep in mind that my main goal is to serve, not to get in the spotlight. I don't want to be the kind of person that gives only so that people can see it. I want to be the kind of person who gives because I care.
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." ~ Matthew 6:5 KJV
At CFLC we deal with hard situations and difficult clients sometimes. And for this reason it is important to build relationships, both with the clients we minister to, and the other people we work with.

By building relationships with our clients, we gain their trust and it opens a door for us to speak into their lives and them being open to hearing us. Most of our clients aren't saved so it's a huge opportunity for us to show them Who can really take away all their problems.

Secondly, and more importantly, it's good to build relationships with those who are serving alongside of us. We all know the "CFLC world" and sometimes someone else may be able to know how to handle a situation better than you do. It's also important that we encourage and pray for each other as we minster to clients and do other office work.
Growing up in a Christian, fairly "sheltered" home, it's easy to take for-granted all the blessings that the Lord has given me. I have two parents who love the Lord, 7 well-taken care of little siblings, plenty of food to eat, and a roof over my head.

Working at CFLC has made me realize that most people aren't as blessed as I am.

We see people from all different walks of life. People with broken families, histories of abuse, abandonment, violence, drug addiction, and single mothers just barely making it. I'm blown away by some of the stories we hear and it makes me cry to think of the evil this world is capable of.

Even on my worst days, I don't have to deal with providing for a baby on my own, with finding a place to live, or with an abusive boyfriend.

Most of us don't realize how blessed we actually are until we get to know people who deal with seemingly horrific situations every single day.

Yes, I am blessed. Blessed to be a part of an organization that's trying to shine a little light into this dark and dismal world.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16 KJV

Photo by Teymur Gahramanov on Unsplash

2 comments:

  1. I also do volunteer work. I don't work at the exact type of place you do, but I help out with a 9 month addiction rehab program. Seeing these guys how God has changed them. Their stories. How God can change lives. The part I do is I work volunteer hours at their thrift store that is 50% run by the guys, 40% on volunteers , and 10% on employees that are paid and not any of the recovering addicts. It is graduation for them soon, when the guys who have finished their 9 months finish the program. It's really a good ministry.

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    1. Wow that's so cool Evan! Isn't it awesome to be part of something like that? I absolutely love the place I'm at, as I'm sure you enjoy being where you are. :) Thank you for reading my post, and for sharing a little bit about your work!

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