How Escapees Give Back

I repeatedly say how amazing it is to work with people who are compassionate and giving. People who, while they may roll their eye when I announce yet another one of my projects, jump in and help out. But my coworkers don’t just sit around waiting for me to propose an idea – they do plenty of good deeds on their own.

United Way writes, “National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate our volunteers, but to share ideas, practices, and stories wherever they happen, and to re-imagine the notion of citizenship for the 21st century. ”

To honor National Volunteer Week (April 6 to 12), I’d like to share our stories with you. Unlike the less modest writer of this post, my fellow Escapees mostly preferred to stay anonymous. Here’s what they’ve been up to or will be up to this year!

  • Volunteer as a cashier at Origin Coffee and Tea. It’s a non-profit coffee shop in Rocklin that donates its profits to the fight against human trafficking.
  • Member of the Women of the Moose and do volunteer work for the Roseville Moose Lodge #1293 and the Moose Legion #190.
  • My niece is a brain cancer survivor.  She, along with her children, are actively involved in fund raising.  My 7 year old Grand Niece is currently raising funds for Liam’s $6 Club.   She was one of the top fundraisers last year and spoke at the kick off assembly this year in front of her peers.
  • Donations to and support of the USO.
  • Donations to and support of Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.
  • Fundraise for and volunteer with Ehrman Mansion Lake Tahoe.
  • I volunteer for a breast cancer organization called S.O.S. Save Ourselves.  I do administrative work for them remotely, sending out thank you cards for all donations received. I have been volunteering since August 2012.
  • I’ve been sponsoring a child in Mexico since 2008 through an organization called Compassion.  These are kids that live in heavily poverty stricken areas.  Proceeds provide food, clean water, medical care, and educational opportunities.  He was 4 when I first sponsored him and now going on 10!  We write each other on a regular basis and one of my favorite things is receiving his latest drawings.  I hope to visit him sometime in the future!
  • For Snowline Hospice I provide service as an In-Home volunteer for patients and their families. I was first introduced to Hospice when my wife’s grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I saw how much support hospice care provided to her family. I volunteer to provide companionship to those in the stages of dying and to confront my own fears of mortality. This summer will be my second year anniversary with Snowline Hospice.
  • Part of a letter writing team that sends letters to deployed soldiers. I send out a card/letter to a different soldier every day of the week. Also part of a card writing team that sends out cards for birthdays, encouragement, etc. to deployed soldiers, their spouses, veterans and their caretakers.
  • A group of Escapees came together as a team for Run Rocklin to raise money for the Matt Redding Memorial Foundation. Two ran the half marathon, six (plus two family members) ran the 12k, and four did the 5k.