FINDING PURPOSE THROUGH SERVICE

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Members of the Walton Team spent a day of service at MUST Ministries in April.

There's nothing more inspiring than hearing about some person or group doing something amazing for someone in need. It warms our hearts and it makes us think about ourselves and what we could do to help others. Most people want to live a life full of meaning and purpose, and they want to see that their actions can make a difference in the world, but often, they aren't quite sure what to do or what their purpose actually is in this world. Where do you start? 

When you think about a person in need, that doesn't always mean someone who is poor. And it doesn't always mean someone in a third world country who is starving. A person in need could be your neighbor who is new to the area and just needs a friend. It could be someone who doesn't speak English who needs help learning the language. It could be a senior adult who is lonely. It could be a single mom who needs occasional help with child care. It could be the person next door who is sick and needs someone to cook a meal for her family. The truth is, we are all that "someone in need" at one time or another.

If you'd like to get involved in your neighborhood, there are a multitude of opportunities.
* Volunteer at an Adventure Center — you can listen to children read (or read to them), help with homework, help with crafts, chaperone a field trip or just "hang out" with kids.
* Volunteer at a Legacy Center – you can help with setup and clean up for events, spend time playing cards or other games with our senior adults, be a friend and lend a listening ear…the sky's the limit.
* Volunteer with our Teen Service Corps – you can chaperone a service project or spend time at the Teen Center helping out in a number of ways.
* Mentor a child or young teen. Kids love to spend time with people who care. You don't have to know everything. You just have to care.
* Volunteer with our Single Parent Program – you can help with set-up or clean-up, share your talents or just be a friend. You can be part of our "Welcome Committee" to welcome new single parent residents to the community or you can prepare a meal for a neighbor in need.
* Volunteer to help with community events – you can help with set-up, clean up or do whatever job is needed. It's fun and rewarding and they need you.
* Volunteer at a local non-profit organization. Do you love animals? Try FurKids or the local humane society. Love digging in the dirt? Try the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club or a local botanical garden. Like spending time with older people? Try a local assisted living facility. Want to work in a food pantry? Try the Center for Family Resources or MUST Ministries. The list goes non and on…

You have something to offer. You have talents and abilities. You were put on this Earth to give back. You can make a difference. Why not start today?

Walton team members served at Covenant House in Atlanta recently.

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