Sometimes it’s easy to think that if we can’t do a great thing, it’s better to do nothing. When we look around at the heroes who tutor kids every week or spend their Saturdays distributing food to the homeless, it’s easy to feel inadequate. If you only have a day to offer, that can feel like it’s not enough. But it is a first step toward hope for those you touch.
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” —Edward Hale
Even a few hours of your time on a Saturday morning can give dignity and hope to the neglected, abused, and traumatized. Just knowing that people care affirms their dignity and value as fellow human beings. And that doesn’t take any special skills — just showing up is enough. If you have hands, you can offer hope.
But the time you spend serving may not only be a first step toward hope for those you serve, it may also be a first step for you. For many, that first encounter with a refugee child, a family affected by homelessness, or a trafficking victim leads to greater awareness of the needs in our community. For a few, that first encounter leads to a lifetime of serving the needs of these communities.
We invite you to participate in Hands of Hope on July 16th — with 12 projects at trusted organizations around the city, there’s a service opportunity to suit every age group and interest. Take a first step by offering your hands to bring hope.