More than five years ago, I was surfing the internet looking for volunteer work – little did I know how that one click on Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue website would change my life. It is an “all-breed rescue working to save equines from a variety of situations including, but not limited to: abuse, abandonment, neglect, slaughter or whose owners can no longer care for them.” I started feeding and grooming horses and mucking stalls, and – along the way – I fell in love with Hallston. I adopted her during a Valentine’s Day special in 2013 and the rest is history. She fills my life with serenity, confidence, purpose, and unconditional love.
Then, while reading the paper and eating my cereal one morning, I saw an article about Georgia’s Healing House. According to the website, "it was designed to give women who are recovering from substance abuse a warm and safe place to live." I knew I wanted to help in any way I could – we’ve done group Career Development workshops and I’ve advised some of the residents one-on-one so they can get a job and support themselves and Georgia’s House.
In addition, I am honored to be on the Board of Directors (Secretary) of Apprenticeship Connections which provides individuals the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one in a flexible, personalized apprenticeship.