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An Inspired Community: Compendium’s Annual Service Day

by Kimberly · 11.07.2017

What does it mean to live inspired? It means to celebrate the magical world we love and live in every day. That celebration is made easy when you look around and see all the people working to leave the world better than they found it. So our staff recently spent the day volunteering with some local organizations filled with people doing just that! During our annual community service day, we teamed up with Treehouse, PAWS, and Marra Farm, three organizations that inspire us while reminding us of some powerful lessons along the way.

Little Wishes Matter
Childhood wishes deserve the chance to grow into big dreams. But for children living in foster care, the shuffle from home to home can sometimes make this challenging. Treehouse works to make sure children living in foster care can pursue their dreams, too. Whether it is experiencing the joy of summer camp or falling in love with a favorite school outfit, through Treehouse, kids in foster care have the extra support they need in building the cherished childhood memories we all value. We spent the day sorting through clothing donations for Treehouse’s Wearhouse, a free boutique store for families to shop for high-quality clothes, books, toys, and supplies. And in between folds, we spent time reminiscing about our own sacred little wishes kept safe by our inner child. 


We All Can Give a Voice to the Voiceless
Animals have a unique way of speaking to our hearts in the most vulnerable of moments. They are our companions, our playmates, our healers, and our family. Yet they have no voice of their own. PAWS is an organization ensuring that our animal friends receive the protection they need. Through animal adoption, rehabilitation, and advocacy, PAWS reminds us of the power we each have to use our voice to make the world better for those we love. At PAWS, we had a chance to get involved in landscaping projects around the facility leading to nearby trails and to consider the courageous ways we can each speak up for others.


Small Seeds Hold Great Possibilities

Food is at the center of our lives. Yet thousands in our community go to bed hungry every day. Marra Farm is growing delicious organic vegetables to provide to families who struggle to afford healthy food. Through their community gardening programs, Marra Farm is doing far more than harvesting plants. They are cultivating relationships, connecting people to the land, and, in the process, making sure families have the food they need to thrive. At Marra, we enjoyed getting our hands dirty, harvesting carrots, beets, green beans, and lettuce. And we enjoyed the satisfaction of knowing these veggies would soon be on their way to the local food bank for families in need.

 

The world is filled with people who remind us of the joys of living inspired—the difference we can make, the community we can build, and the possibilities that surround us. It was an honor for us to spend the day with organizations in our community who, through their work and passion, are giving others the chance to live inspired every day.

Interested in finding a volunteer opportunity in your passion place? Learn more about how you can get involved in your community today.

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Volunteering at El Centro de la Raza

by Rochelle · 05.20.2014

 

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To the Best Friends We've Never Met

by Dan Zadra · 05.14.2010

 

Who can explain the magical sets of circumstances that conspire to create a lasting friendship or bond between people?

 

Here at Compendium some of our most cherished relationships are with people we’ve never even seen face-to-face. Sure, we may have talked with each other by telephone, communicated online, or even collaborated from a distance on mutually important projects. But we’ve never actually sat down and looked each other in the eye, or shared a handshake or a hug.

 

And yet, we know in our heart of hearts that these people who we’ve only known from afar have come into our lives for some important reason, large or small. We count them among our friends and kindred spirits. Over the years I’ve adopted a special name for them—a term of endearment that you are welcome to use if you, too, are lucky enough to have similar people in your life. I call these people “the best friends I’ve never met.”

 

Let me introduce you to one. Back in the 1990’s Compendium received a phone call from an elderly woman who lived on a small pension in a trailer park in Lacy, Washington. Her name was Betty Kieler, and though she spoke in a gentle, wavering, grandmotherly voice, we quickly discovered that she could be very tough and determined when it came to fighting for her causes.

 

Betty proudly informed us that she was the newly-elected President of the Northwest Senior chapter of Random Acts of Kindness. Their goal was to somehow feed and clothe hundreds of disadvantaged children in the Pacific Northwest, and also teach them to read. Betty wanted Compendium to help by donating our Gift of Inspiration books and our window cards to their causes.

 

 

 

 

Over the next decade, Betty became one of the very best friends we never met, staying connected across the miles by phone or email. We marveled as she overcame recurring heart attacks and cancer on the way to recruiting dozens of senior citizens to her organization. Over time, Betty and her elderly volunteers fed and clothed thousands of students, and created a wonderful student reading program that became a national model.

 

We didn’t have to meet her face-to-face to know who she was, or what she stood for. It was clear. To all of us at Compendium, Betty Kieler was a kindred spirit, a familiar and reassuring soul, a beautiful example of what we like to call the “inspired community”—and one of the best friends we never met.

 

There have been lots of others along the way—people of all ages and walks of life with whom we share something special, hopeful and affirming. And now, thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and other far-flung ways of connecting across the miles, there are more of us getting connected than ever before. Here's to the inspired community, and to the best friends we never met. People like Betty. People like you.

 

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