Donating and Volunteering – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

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I am a big advocate of volunteering, donating and generally giving back to the global community in whatever way I can. Anytime I can pair up something I already do, like shop, with something that provides for someone in need, I try to.  Can’t get much easier than that. Sometimes it feels a little self serving, like the other day when I got an additional percentage off my purchase at Macy’s for donating $9 which would buy books for kids in need. The amount I got off my purchase was way more than $9 and the kids got books so it was a win – win. The sales clerk said that many people passed on the opportunity even if the benefit to them is greater than the donation – WHAT?

All of my experiences with volunteering and donating (time, money, goods) have provided and continue to provide me with the opportunity to use my powers for good not evil; to interact with people I may not otherwise have ever met; to make my day a little brighter; to see the good in people and the world; and hopefully to help a worthy organization/good cause. I know I get more out of these experiences than I put into them.

I volunteer with the Pet Project FoundationSpecial Olympics Southern California Summer Games; participate in Step out To Cure Diabetes; and donate to other causes as the opportunity arises; however, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer has been my longest running and most consistent “cause” of choice.

I have been involved with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer since 2001 when my friend Jessica and I decided to walk the last 3 day, 60 mile event they held.  Since that time, most years I participate as a volunteer crew team leader during the “local” event in California, held annually during the month of September in Santa Barbara.  As a crew member I am not required to meet any fund raising minimum and don’t generally ask for donations as I know it is difficult for people to donate year after year.

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The last event I walked was in 2010 with three and a half (Jessica was pregnant with “The Bee” at the time) friends in San Francisco.  It was the second time I  walked an Avon Walk with Jessica and the first time with Kristina and Dani.  It was an experience filled with joy, laughter, tears, blisters and for one of us, IV fluids.  It was uphill both ways and longer than 26.2 miles the first day due to a glitch in the way the  route was measured.  It was really hard emotionally and physically, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.  This year, in addition to crewing in Santa Barbara, Jessica, Kristina and I will be walking the  event in Charlotte, North Carolina as a  the “Golden State Girls”.  Dani won’t be joining us because she will be in the final stages of pregnancy with her first little girl.

I could really use all the help I can get in meeting my fund raising minimum and would be ever so grateful if you would consider donating.  I would also appreciate your passing the link along to anyone and everyone you know. Join me in becoming part of the solution.  It is really easy – you can just click on the link below this post or within the post to donate.

Please consider donating your time, talents, money or extra “stuff” to a cause that speaks to you.  I know that you will get more out of it than you put into it.  Volunteering is an amazing gift that you give and receive at the same time.

Find your Om Balance – Terri

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