Ever since I was 11 years old, I have been involved in volunteering. From being a candy striper at my local hospital, to helping my mom with our local Special Olympics, I feel that it is paramount to give back to your community. The issue of hunger & food insecurity in our community is closer than you might think, but so is the solution. Share Our Strength continues to bring those solutions to the table by offering innovative programs & services to children all over the United States. I am honored to support them by donating my time on a local level for the Miami Taste of the Nation and Great American Bake Sale. In addition, I am proud to support them personally & on my social media outlets.
I am very passionate about hunger-related charities, and had the pleasure of being invited to attend the Share Our Strength National Conference of Leaders in October 2011. At this conference, hunger champions from all over the country came together to discuss solutions to ending hunger in America. From food bankers, to nutritionists & volunteers, everyone at the conference was there for one reason…. to ensure that no child in America goes hungry. Even the Mayor of Maryland was in attendance!
At this conference, I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing woman & speaker, Amanda Hite. Amanda is an amazingly accomplished woman. She is an advisory board member for The Great American Dine Out for Share Our Strength, created the company Talent Revolution, and inspires people all over the world with her “TR 30 Day” Challenges. With nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter, she continues to wow and amaze me with her positivity, wise words, and passion for the hunger cause. Sometimes I feel that you meet certain people for a reason, and meeting Amanda was definitely one of the highlights of my year!
To learn more about Share Our Strength, be sure to follow them on Twitter @nokidhungry. For more information, please visit the following websites: www.changersofcommerce.com and www.talentrevolution.net.
Alpha Phi International Fraternity
Another one of my favorite organizations is Alpha Phi International. Ever since I pledged in the Spring of my Freshman year of college, this sisterhood has been a big part of my life. I am honored to be the Chapter Advisor to the local collegiate chapter here in Miami in addition to serving as the Vice-President of Marketing for the Miami Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Phi. We raise both funds & awareness for our national philanthropy, Women’s Heart Health, through the Alpha Phi Foundation.
Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. The sisterhood of Alpha Phi stretches from coast to coast through 160 collegiate campuses and more than 200,000 members. Sisters share a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to help one another and their communities. Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors and lifetime members of a sisterhood that values these traits. Alpha Phi assists college women in making informed choices to reach their highest potential. Alpha Phi enhances and promotes each member’s development and learning by focusing on sisterhood, service, scholarship, leadership, loyalty and character development. Visit www.alphaphi.org for more information.