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Peanut Butter Sandwiches


Susan Soleil, the Charter for Compassion's director of development is a champion of volunteering. You'll see what I mean when you read her message below. Interestingly, she coupled her own acts of volunteering with Martin Luther King's quote reminding us of our duty towards others. Duty points to a certain principle we hold toward ourselves and to others. Duty implies acting in a principled and compassionate way. It is the marrow in our bones that shows our strength and our purpose. This dutiful compassion is an honor we hold for others.

With warm regards,

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What am I doing for others? That is a question I ask myself often. More than just my immediate family: What am I doing to help my extended family? My neighbors? My community?

These questions help determine how I spend some of my spare time. Whether I am helping a sister tile her shower, assisting a neighbor with her yard work, or serving on the board of a sweet charter school that is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ high school students in my area, I am getting back as much or even more than I give.

To illustrate this generous flow back to me when I am serving others, I want to quote my grandfather, Clay Allred. He often said, "I cast my bread upon the waters and it comes back peanut butter sandwiches!"

I hope I will always find ways to help others and volunteer my time. It helps make my corner of the world a better place and the peanut butter sandwiches are delicious.

If you have some spare time, please consider joining the robust volunteer family of the Charter for Compassion. Volunteers carry out the bulk of the Charter's mission. If you want to learn more about our current needs check our CLASSIFIEDS.

I want to end with a quote from Sherry Anderson: "Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless."

Many thanks to all of the priceless volunteers at the Charter for Compassion! 

Susan Soleil
Development Director

This message from Susan Soleil, Development Director of the Charter for Compassion, appears in our 02/22/2021 weekly newsletter. To sign up for our newsletter, scroll all the way down to the end of this page to get to the bottom menu, in the newsletter section enter your email address and click on subscribe.  

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