By Paty Jager
We were asked to write about what we’re passionate about. I would have to say what I’m most passionate about is giving back. Giving back to the organizations who have made me who I am and giving back to the community.
When my children were small our next door neighbor girl knocked on my door and asked if I’d be her 4-H leader. Her leader was retiring and she wanted to continue to learn to sew and cook. I’d had one year of both while growing up and decided I could do this. It was twenty-two years later when I hung up my 4-H leader hat because we’d purchased land and I wasn’t home enough to fit in 4-H meetings. Now, I travel around the state judging at county fairs and spreading my little bit of expertise to the new 4-H members and leaders.
When my children were in school I volunteered in the school in the classrooms, the computer center, and the PTA. I believe in helping out where you’re needed.
Joining RWA(Romance Writers of America) was the best thing I could have done for my writing career. And as I learned more and found the organization to be the best thing for upcoming writers, I held officer positions in the chapter I belonged to and then started teaching workshops at conferences and on line. I’ve mentored several writers and believe in spreading the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years to new writers.
A few years ago I joined COWG(Central Oregon Writers Guild) and stepped into the role of getting speakers for their meetings and taught several Saturday workshops as well as at meetings.
I donate a gift basket every year to Brenda Novak’s online auction for diabetes, give money when a store is collecting for a cause, and click the pink ribbon on the Breast Cancer Awareness site. I don’t do large donations to any organization that I have to give my name. I don’t like them harassing me for more money than I’m prepared to give. But my time… I’ll give it freely to a cause. I help wrap packages for the Shop with a Cop program at Christmas time and have wrapped packages at the Fire Department.
My passion is giving back and there are days I wish I could give more. But I give what I can and believe every bit helps in some small way.
Do you have a passion that you give time or money to? What is it?