I'll never forget my first volunteer experience as a young girl. It was a beautiful summer day and all of my girlfriends were heading to the pool. I, on the other hand, was instructed to find the plants that didn't look like flowers and pull them up by the root. At first, I whined and complained. But after I surrendered to the work, I had a lot of fun. I remember being so proud of what I had accomplished, and the look on the homeowner's face was the most heart-warming feeling. Something I could never feel by just selfishly filling my own desires.
Serving is my Speciality
Since being in recovery I've realized that volunteering is not only fulfilling, but it's truly my calling. There are so many people in need. Taking an hour or two out of my life to give back is the absolute least that I can do. I am on a mission to find as many people as possible to serve in the best way possible. I believe that's why I'm on this planet.
Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives. Share your story, give back, and get involved here.
Cross Point Church: West Nashville Dream Center
When I found out about the West Nashville Dream Center, I knew this was a place I needed to spend some time. Cross Point Church build this safe haven for those in the neighborhood to worship, fellowship and find peace, joy and hope. They also provide emergency food assistance, recovery groups, neighborhood outreach programs, a community garden, and much more. For more information on how you can serve with the West Nashville Dream Center, click here.
Sharing my story with the women of Mending Hearts made my heart so full. They strive to provide life-enhancing recovery options along with shelter, hope and healing. Everyone that enters their programs are treated with love and respect, regardless of any past or presenting challenges. This facility has proudly served over 3000 women since 2004. Find out how you can get involved here.
Nashville Rescue Mission
I'll never forget the time I heard the CEO of Nashville Rescue Mission speak at their semi annual employee meeting. His passion and love for each and every person in the room was felt on such a deep level. I could hear in his voice how committed and dedicated he is to the organization and their mission to provide hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity to the hungry, homeless, and hurting. Volunteering at the women's campus is a great way for me to give back. Check out the many ways you can serve Nashville Rescue Mission here.
the next door
The Next Door is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving women in crisis, equipping them for lives of wholeness and hope. The Next Door provides services to women who are impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration. In recognition of the common need among residents for mental health and addiction counseling, The Next Door provides an integrated model to address the co-occurring disorders. The Next Door is the only facility in Nashville that provides the full recovery experience from detox to independent living.
Get involved by leading a group in spiritual wellness, help serve lunch, be a walking buddy, assist at special events, and more!