Ashley K: Why I Volunteer
I volunteer because I have many many privileges that others do not. Some of those privileges give me the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. Some of those privileges allow me the time, money, education, technology and opportunity needed to give of myself to others who are less fortunate.
I have always felt that if I have my eyes open to the fact that I have more than others, and yet stay blind to the ways in which I can help others, then what good is it to have educated myself about my privilege and place in life? I truly believe that with privilege comes responsibility to give. I truly believe that if I did not use these gifts in a productive and helpful manner it would be a waste.
But more than that, I volunteer because I know that one person can make a difference in the life of another. I want to look back on my life not saying “what did I leave undone?” but saying “I believe I helped where I could and gave when I could and did some good along my way.” There is a part of the soul that is opened when you give to someone who can not repay you, or whom you may never meet. There is a nourishment in helping to provide for others.
I give because I can, and am thankful that I am able to do so.
Ashley K has volunteered for Free The Girls since 2014 helping with local events and publicity. She lives with her husband and school-aged son in Aurora, Colorado.
Free The Girls is pleased to celebrate National Volunteer Week by highlighting some of our active volunteers and their reasons for volunteering. As you may know, Free The Girls only has five part-time employees, all of whom work from home on their own computers. Likewise, our volunteer base of almost 100 people across the United States work out of their homes, churches, and schools to help us fulfill our mission to provide economic empowerment to survivors of sex trafficking.