For those of you who don’t know, I left my job in publishing at the end of November for an opportunity that seemed like it would be exciting, challenging, and stimulating. It didn’t work out, and in mid-December, I decided the best thing for me to do would be resign and put all my efforts toward looking for a new job. So that’s what I did. Being unemployed has been hard. It’s tough on your self-esteem, it’s hard when you’re a person who craves structure (like I am), and you can only spend so much of each day emailing your resume around and trying to craft original cover letters. That’s why I decided to look into volunteer opportunities.
I found the Healthy Parents Fellowship through Idealist, and was drawn to it because of its emphasis on community and the idea that health education has to come from within. Its aim is to work closely with a small group of parents, and equip them with the resources they need to educate their communities about healthy lifestyle choices. There’s direct involvement, and one-on-one contact; this is something that a lot of health education programs don’t necessarily have a chance to implement.
This year will mark the launch of the Healthy Parents Fellowship, and along with Catarina Rivera (the visionary behind the program) and other volunteers, I’ll be part of the pilot program. It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to be involved with something with so much potential.
Right now, we’re trying to raise money to help fund the program. Our goal is to raise $2500, and we’re 30% of the way there. We need to meet our goal by February. As with all donation-based endeavors, every little bit counts, so if you have any change rattling around in your pockets (or, you know, bills that are taking up too much space in your wallet!), consider making a donation!
I plan to blog more about the experience of working with the Healthy Parents Fellowship as soon as we get the program started later this month. In the meantime, you can learn more about the program and make your donations here!