Fulfillment, enrichment, empowerment. This sequence of words describes what it has meant for us to volunteer for Mirror Image Arts during the course of this past year. Ashley and I are the event chairs for the “I Got Your Back” annual fundraiser, and together we have volunteered over 180 hours.
Both Ashley and I are transplants to Colorado, but each of us equally has strived to make a positive impact in our community. To play a role in this organization that consistently works toward creating meaningful dialogue for our youth around life skills such as empathy, problem solving, critical thinking, and effective communication is truly fulfilling. Is there a better reward for your hard-work then knowing you supported a cause that will create real change in your community?
Each time we meet with fellow volunteers and the students and teachers impacted by Mirror Image Arts our lives are further enriched. When you volunteer for an organization like this one, you become a part of a large, very boisterous, family who challenge you to be more conscious of how your actions affect the community you live in.
Empowerment. This word has had more meaning to us over the past year. On days when we have felt as though we are unable to make a difference, a change, or that our voices are not heard in the chaos, we put more effort into the event (this could be the real source of why we have volunteered almost 200 hours!). We feel more empowered knowing that if we secure one more donation or one more source of entertainment, this event will raise enough funds to ensure that Mirror Image Arts will continue to provide Bullying Prevention and Arts Education programs at an affordable rate to low income communities.
Even though we work full-time and find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day, we continue to plan, organize, attend meetings, and reach out to the event committee, staff, donors and volunteers because our contribution is fulfilling, enriching, and empowering in our lives and those who benefit from Mirror Image Arts programming.