Fighting Poverty with Passion
As the holidays and the end of the year quickly approached, mailings became a top priority at CIS. To show our appreciation towards our volunteers at the end of the semester, I decided to create a holiday greeting card for all of our volunteers. I wished them happy holidays and thanked them for all of their service in 2010. I included some adorable pictures on the card. Everyone loves to receive holiday photo cards and it is a great way to easily reach all of our volunteers. When they see the pictures of these children with beaming smiles, it makes them feel like their service this year did really make a difference.
The next mailing that we had to address (no pun intended!) was the holiday mailer for donation requests. After three days of stuffing envelopes, I developed impeccable skills for evenly folding letters and squarely putting on stamps. Now, that’s a real quality to put on your resume! Even though it was not the most enthralling task to do, my coworkers and I got through it together. It was so exciting to start receiving donations just days later. We have already received over $ 5,400! The never-ending pile of envelopes that needed to be stuffed seems less gruesome now that I can observe the positive results from it that will make a difference in our students’ lives. However, I am glad that the mailing only happens once a year!
– Christina Caryl, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA, Communities in Schools Greater New Orleans. Visit Communities in Schools Greater New Orleans, to learn more about the outreach program and volunteer opportunities in your area.