Charities and not-for-profit associations haven’t really been my thing.
I was reminded of that rude reality two years ago while being interviewed for my naturalization papers in France.
When asked if I volunteered with any associations, I stunned myself with how quickly I blurted out “No!”
Back in High School I was a much better person. I took the bus down with friends to Washington D.C to march in defense of animal rights. And spent months going into Manhattan with my BFF Helen to get people to sign up and donate to the AIDS walk we did together.
But as an adult, aside from some sporadic GoFundMe or Doctors Without Borders donations, my charitable acts have been pretty slim.
Lack of time, lack of motivation, call it what you want, but I never really found the energy or mission.
While I was getting my coaching certification, though, I did a lot of thinking about why I chose this path and who I ultimately wanted to serve. I knew I wanted to coach women. Women who were looking to bring more meaning to their work.
But how could I bring more meaning to my work?
I started researching organizations that were doing great stuff for communities I cared about, and then challenged myself to take one concrete step towards contributing to that cause.
That’s what lead me to apply to become a volunteer mentor with Led By Her.