Daughter of Delight Feature with Shannon Corrigan

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13

For as long as I have known my best friend Shannon, she has lived out of a place of a deep, inspiring love towards volunteering in her community. Getting involved within our community is incredibly important. Why? Because community is what we were created for. This is how we thrive. 

I decided to interview Shannon and ask her for some of her wisdom, insight, and pointers to volunteering and discovering a love to getting involved. I pray that her words bless, encourage, and fuel you to invest in your community in ways that you have yet to experience. Volunteering is not only life-giving to those we invest in, but to us as well. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and dive into the place of community that was made in order for you to serve, live, and thrive in. Live with a heart of service. 

I N T E R V I E W 

When did you develop a love for volunteering?

I have been volunteering since I was little, but when I reached high school it became a passion of mine. 

Why do you think volunteering is important?
I think volunteering is important, because giving our time is sometimes the best donation an organization can receive and the most meaningful. I absolutely love the community feel you get when volunteering with others and giving back to people you do or do not know. 

Where do you see the value in volunteering?

I see value in volunteering in the sacrifice of time you are giving to a cause. Many people think money is the best way to help an organization, but our time can be crucial to certain organizations. I believe that this sacrifice to help others is the greatest value you can find in volunteering.

What have you learned from volunteering?

I honestly do not know where to start with this one. I have volunteered with numerous organizations and every single experience has taught me something new. Recently I volunteered at a horse farm and learned things I never knew about taking care of a farm, horses, and even the laws surrounding it. Each volunteering experience is an opportunity to learn more about the cause and life.

What is your favorite volunteering experience?

I cannot think of one volunteering experience that is my favorite, but I can pick one from this year that was the highlight of my semester. I volunteered at my school's Relay For Life event and had a blast helping to set up the event and fight back against cancer. I applied for the executive board after the evening and will be helping to plan next years event. 

What are some pointers that can help others get involved with their community?

There are many causes that are close to my heart, so I sought out charities and organizations in the area that focused on supporting them. Often google is your best friend here, but talking to people in the community can get you a closer look at local organizations. However, if there is a cause that is touching your heart and you cannot find anything in the area here are some tips to get involved anyway. If there is an organization that exists, but not a local chapter reach out and see if you could head it up in your area. Now if you just want to host a fundraising or an awareness event reaching out to friends and family to form a planning team is the best way to start. Your network can be the fastest way to spread the word. When I hosted a fundraising event I reached out to the local National Honors Society groups at the local high schools and had them play a basketball game against each other to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis. We not only raised awareness at the event, but also raised money for the organization. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Sometimes it can be hard to wrap our heads around the true benefit of our donation, whether time or money. Working with Relay for Life I have passed by a lot of quotes and one I saw said, "I relay because I woke up this morning and someone else didn't." I could list all of the reasons volunteering is a great thing to include in your schedule, but at the end of the day it is up to you and how you wish to spend your time. If you've never volunteered before I ask you to give an hour of your time to an organization and see how you feel afterwards. 

{Interviewee: @thecuriousterp}
{Photo: @jennyabrisc12}

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About the Author:

Shannon is a 20 year old college student with a love for turtles. She is studying geography with a focus in development & sustainability at the University of Maryland College Park, which just happens to have a terrapin as their mascot. Shannon splits her time between studying, exploring, reading, and cooking. Her main passion is giving back to the community and others. One day she hopes to have a job that will help her spread this passion across the globe. You can find Shannon on her blog at thecuriosterp.blogspot.com


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