Here's part five of chapter two of my book, A Day of Hope. If you missed the first four sections, you can follow the links below.
Picture: What does it look like?
The Whole Enchalida
Honor Your Promises
A Big Commitment
GETTING FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COWORKERS INVOLVED
Many of my friends, family, and co-workers (and girlfriend for that matter) probably will have a nice laugh when they read this section. I have many great friends, a wonderful family, and lots of good-hearted co-workers. They know all too well that I’ve definitely leveraged our relationships in the past for the good of A Day of Hope and the people we serve. For them, it’s okay because they know my heart and that my intentions are pure. Hence they don’t mind pitching in to help me with the work at certain times when I need it.
Doing A Day of Hope means that your friends and family are going to be involved—not all, but some. It’s just the nature of the event. When you’re doing a great work, the people close to you are going to get involved for two reasons:
- Either they hear about what you’re doing and offer to assist or
- You specifically ask them to help.
That’s how they get involved and hopefully stay involved.
Several of my friends volunteer with A Day of Hope every single year, but they never really volunteer anywhere else. Yes, they want to serve and help people, and they enjoy volunteering. But the main reason they dedicate their time and energy is that their good friend leads the effort, and they want to support me and my purpose.
The great thing about having your friends involved is that you get to spend time with them doing special things. You get to do great work with them, bond with them, and share these special memories as you get older. It’s been a great satisfaction for me to look back and see how my friends’ lives have been positively changed because of the work of A Day of Hope. They volunteered with us when they normally would have spent that time playing video games, drinking, or sleeping. (I guess this gives you a clear picture of my friends.) And I do none of those habits, of course! Ok, maybe some video games here and there. But I’ve been able to watch their view of the world change because of what they’ve done with A Day of Hope. I’ve been able to watch them see the real needs of our city of Turlock and observe them respond with a servant’s heart.
You might ask, “How do I get them involved in this work?” Let me answer your question by asking you a question. When you see a friend, family member, or coworker, what do they often say? If they’re like most people (at least Americans), they say, “How have you been?” or, “How are ya doing? or if you haven’t seen them in a while they say, “What have you been up to?” This is your ticket. It’s your free pass to tell them about A Day of Hope. When people ask you these things, respond by saying you’ve been volunteering with a program to serve people in need for Thanksgiving. Anyone who has a soft heart will probably acknowledge your hard work and noble efforts. Then the two entry points for them to help with A Day of Hope come up. Either they will ask you how they can help, or you can ask them if they would like to get involved.
After you lead a project like A Day of Hope that is sensitive to a certain time of year, people will start to know and realize that it’s the time of year when you’ll need volunteers. When October and November roll around, they might call you offering to help, or when you see them they’ll ask you how A Day of Hope is going. I often get a laugh when I call people in October and November because they know that it’s A Day of Hope time and that Christopher is calling to either ask for some money, or some volunteer time, or even both if they are lucky!