HopeFest is a day of discovery, a day of humility, and most importantly a day of Hope. As a volunteer, I have spent hours working to prepare for the big day, but nothing prepares you for the reward of experiencing the event.
For those whom we welcome as our guests, the support and feelings should extend beyond the time spent at the event. The resources that are provided are bountiful, from medical care and tax preparation to a friendly meal. There are dozens of partners there ready to extend services of help and care for the days to follow.
One may feel a bit selfish. Giving your time for the day, or any of the days leading up to the event, may seem like an honorable thing to do, and it absolutely benefits thousands of our fellow Phoenicians. However, as I have heard many volunteers admit – it turns out to be a day of personal growth and fulfillment. To watch someone receive care after living with pain is a blessing. Leading someone with little hope left into a facility where hope fills the air from wall to wall is literally life changing. The cup does runneth over.
Do unto others as you would have done unto you. My daughter knows this golden rule and lives it – and I cannot wait to share this day of spirit and volunteerism with her in 2019. Join me!
Michelle Shaw, MBA, SPHR
Vice President | Human Resources