Guest Blogger & Volunteer: Michelle Soucy
Volunteering for CFLS was a great life choice for me and I will definitely be back to help the wonderful office ladies in any way I can. I highly recommend anyone to volunteer at CFLS to gain new experiences and insights into the world of adoption, to help clients or the staff complete their mission, to connect with the community, and ultimately have a wonderful sense of accomplishment in knowing you are making a difference.
We were so grateful this past fall semester at the outpouring of volunteers like we had not seen before. We had a multitude of students and some community groups like this Microsoft team that came to help with outdoor projects. You may have seen them in our most recent newsletter. They were drawn to volunteer at our ministries because the staff are "wonderful people doing great work." We invite you this Giving Hearts Day to consider how you might get involved, not just financially, but with your time or skills that you have to offer! Thank you for considering CFLS as a non-profit to love this February 9th!
I would like to take this moment to brag about our board members and their passion for adoption ministry. Each one of them finds ways to support through their strengths and gifts. They even let us talk them into a #GoMatchyMatchy photo for Giving Hearts Day!
Board member not pictured: Ashley Schell, attorney
Women’s health services looked different in the early 80s when we started the adoption agency. Unexpected pregnancies carried more stigma, but when we set up an office out of our home for single women to come get a free pregnancy test and decision-making counseling, my toddler running around had no preconceived idea about these ladies and why they were there.
Our goal has always been to assist women who wanted to make a carefully thought-out decision for their future and the best for their baby. Choosing life is not easy, regardless of what next decisions a mom makes for her health, support system, and baby’s well-being. Community education is a priority for CFLS and we want women to know they have support and a community who understands what the adoption process looks like today, not 30 years ago. Making an adoption plan is not “giving away” a child, and the more we can encourage positive language the more babies we can save. My little toddler impacted many hurting women in our home just by sitting by them and they could see hope and grace through a child’s eyes. Giving Hearts Day is YOUR day to have a bigger impact with your online donation. I challenge YOU to change the life of a child and expectant parents. Will you #GoMatchyMatchy with me?
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