Bethany O: Why I Volunteer
I volunteer because I am a Christian and I believe that I’m called to help others however I can. I try to show His love for all people through my actions and words. I believe that through the act of service people can feel that they are loved and that they matter.
Volunteering has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. I grew up going with my mom to visit the elderly people in our church. My favorite part of visiting was to sit and listen to their stories of when they grew up. I volunteered through my school and through my youth group. Some of my favorite childhood memories are going South of the border to help rebuild churches, schools, and homes.
I believe in the saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Having traveled all over the world, I have seen and lived in all different kinds of cultures. I have experienced many different kinds of living styles. The world is not as big as we think. I know that I might not be making a huge worldly impact when I volunteer but that I can make a huge difference in one person’s life. And if I can make a difference in one person’s life then I’ve achieved my goal for change.
So why do I volunteer? Because I believe that we are all called, young and old, to help one another in this world through our service to make this world just a little bit better for someone else.
Bethany O has been involved with Free The Girls since we were formed in 2010 holding bra drives, helping at events, and even taking a suitcase of bras to Mozambique! She works as a Kindergarten teacher and youth minister. Bethany lives in Peoria, Arizona with her husband and two young sons.
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.