Dear CRC Volunteer,
I went to a retreat at the start of this month on what it looks like to live a generous life. It was challenging and I learned a lot. A substantial portion of the weekend discussions were on the heart behind generosity. On making yourself available and seeing yourself as a part of a community where everyone has something to give. Two things struck me that I felt CRC does well:
We discussed the difference between giving and sharing: Giving feels like a transaction but sharing feels like a relationship. Here at CRC, we ask that our volunteers and our donors share what they have with those that we serve. Whether time, money or other resources and skills, when you share with others, you are coming along side of them on their journey. You are recognizing the humanity of one another and the fine line between our circumstances.
The gift of giving: Allowing someone the dignity to become a giver themselves. Instead of a meal, we provide the groceries when possible. Instead of a wrapped gift, we provide the gift for the parent to place under the tree if they wish. CRC has always valued the dignity of choice for our clients and I love that.
As we continue to look for ways we can grow in 2022, I also want to recognize the things we do very well. CRC volunteers are a generous bunch with hearts ready to share. Thank you!