- My hometown's hospital - as a candystriper
- As a volunteer in the University hospital while going to college
- As a Junior Achievement leader in my 20's
- Fundraising for the Girl Scouts (non-cooky!) when they were my client
- As a loaned exec and a campaign leader for the United Way in 3 different states
- As the treasurer of an ecumenical coalition of programs to support homeless teens, and a halfway house for those released from prison
- As a business development leader to bring the minority-based internship program, Inroads, to two employers
- As a holiday advocate to adopt 40-50 families from a Tampa women's shelter each winter for five years
- As a state finals volunteer for the Special Olympics
- As a fund raising assistant for the Women's Centre in Tampa
- As a call center manager for the telethon to remember and to fundraise for the heroes of 9/11
- As a crew member for the three day walk for Breast Cancer
- As a 3 year veteran of the SERVE program in Florida; tutoring children in reading skills in one of west Tampa's poorest areas.
- As a member of a corporate volunteer board that finalized $300,000 in grants for nonprofit concerns in Tampa
- As a 5 year volunteer for Eldercare, a daily call network for the elderly
- Approaching my 4th year in volunteering in the surgical waiting room of a world-famous cancer center.
I don't have that impressive of a working resume. I peaked in banking as a Vice President in 1995, and since that time, I've had jobs with much humbler titles and in two different disciplines in Florida. When I think about what I want to be remembered for, it is for always putting my community and its needs close behind my family and my work. I'm proud of the list above. I think my mom and dad would echo that.
And I think the inspiration for it all was that speech on a cold January day in 1961, from a President, who, while flawed, was an inspiration to us all. Thank you, President Kennedy. I asked.