What volunteering has given me

Being at home with two daughters the last 18 years has given me so many gifts. The gift of time with them and the beautiful and close relationship that it has created for our entire family. Through homeschooling, I often enjoyed driving them to various activities & field trips where they learned many new things and made new friends. Those drives produced some deep and meaningful, and often fun conversations. While I wasn’t working for a company I definitely utilized organizational skills, personal relationship skills, time management, research and so much more. I organized homeschool groups, field trips, was a girl scout leader, a 4H leader and on a more personal side a confidant and friend to them and their friends. As they got older and more independent, started driving, wanting to go with and hang out with friends without mama around, they needed me less and less.

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At an event promoting the Assistance League of Inland N. County

As a result, I needed something to fill my time. I had always been interested in volunteering and had done so in various capacities such as Girls Scouts and 4H, but now I really wanted to do something for the local community and to help those in need. I heard about Assistance League of Inland North County from a friend and decided to check it out. Four years later, I have participated in various functions, from sorting and hanging clothes to working in the shop with customers, going to various events to help promote what our organization does and recruiting new volunteers. I have to say though, my most favorite part has been helping out families and small children in the community. I have enjoyed reading with school age children, helping them with their reading skills. I loved doing crafts with them at street fairs where we would go to promote our organization with the community. I especially loved helping them choose clothing out for the school year through our Operation School Bell program. I’ve enjoyed working with the Assisteens, an auxiliary group of volunteer teens from local junior and high schools, as they developed new leadership skills and helped the community.

It was through this organization that I not only enjoyed volunteering and giving to the community but I developed a love and excitement about digital marketing through managing their website, social media and other PR functions. It was this new enthusiasm that I had developed that allowed me to pursue an education in digital marketing through a digital marketing bootcamp with SDSU. It has taught me more in-depth knowledge about the field and inspired my desire to re-enter the work force and start a new career in digital marketing specifically. I’m so very excited to see where it takes me!

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Helping families choose school clothing for the new school year

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