Global Lifestyle

How to Volunteer in Your Community

I went with three other Wanderful women of Chicago to learn more about the organization, Share Your Soles, this month. I’m not sure what we were expecting, but when we arrived at a large warehouse full of shoes ready to be sorted and shipped to people in need of shoes all over the world, we definitely got the sense that this would be a different type of Wanderful/Go Girl event than before.

ShareYour Sorting We soon learned that this shipment of shoes would be sent to Uganda to help many citizens who otherwise would go without shoes. I think this type of service project is worthwhile, because you soon realize how lucky we are to own something as basic as a pair of shoes.
The founder of Share Your Soles, Mona, was there to share how she started this journey, and it all began with a trip she took to Guatemala. She is a world traveler that was inspired to do something about the unfairness that she saw all around her. We can learn a lot from her passion and inspiration and by volunteering with local organizations like hers, we can even make a difference.
We, of course, had a little fun along the way, as we took some silly selfies while simultaneously realizing we all might not fit in the frame!

Selfie

I would encourage any other Wanderful group to look into volunteer opportunities, because we certainly found it worth it. Usually the first step is to contact the non-profit founder or organizer to see what day would work for them.

 

 

 

To learn more about Share Your Soles, you can go to their website: shareyoursoles.org/

To attend the next Wanderful event, RSVP on Meetup here: http://www.meetup.com/gogirls-chicago/

 

Laura Higgs

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