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October 10, 2013
By Candice Lee
I can’t do everything, but I can’t do nothing. I have to do something.” A friend recently made this simple yet profoundly true statement. It clicked with me immediately, as I thought about the number of times recently that I have turned down volunteer opportunities.
We all have to say “no” sometimes, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. When you have small children at home and your time is limited, like me, it just isn’t possible to make commitments that involve large chunks of time.
But just because you can’t do it all doesn’t mean that you can’t do something. Recently I met Neeley Caldwell, brand new site coordinator for Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) in Lee County (see story, page 1). Neeley has a passion for reaching those in need. You sense it the moment you meet her. As she told me about the items she needed for the women going through her CWJC program, I immediately said, “I’ll help.”
This is not a project I could take on alone, but I knew I could count on my Sunday School class and my co-workers at the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Foundation and national WMU to help out. And they did. Items came pouring in: toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, disinfectant wipes and more. And we were able to present items to both Neeley’s site in Lee County and our local site in Birmingham.
I love WMU ministries. They put Christ-followers in contact with people who need to know that Christ loves them. But I’ve mostly watched from the sidelines, doing nothing because I felt limited in my ability to contribute. Now I realize it’s okay if I can’t do everything. But doing nothing is no longer an option. I can do something. Everyone can do something. And my part combined with your part means that we are making a difference.
Contact a local CWJC/CMJC site and find out what they need.
Get your missions group or Sunday School class involved (see list of CWJC/CMJC sites, this page).
If you’re able to give a little more of yourself, now’s the time.
Volunteer as a CWJC/CMJC mentor.