Empowering the Next Generation of Community Service Leaders
I watched with eyes glistening with tears as my 12-year-old daughter presented the first donation from her nonprofit organization, Maya On a Mission, to a homeless shelter for women and children in Chicago. It was a moment to celebrate. She personally chose to donate hand towels and washcloths to symbolize her desire to wash away homelessness in children. As I looked at this young lady whose innocence was matched only by her concern for the less fortunate, I was proud of the deliberate steps my husband and I took in our efforts to raise a child who is not only physically healthy and intellectually astute, but who also has a true passion for community service. At that moment, I realized that our concern over our daughter’s love for electronic gadgets like the Wii, Xbox, and iPod was unfounded. Her love for modern gadgetry neither overshadowed nor negated her desire to give her time, talent, and treasure—the “triple Ts” by which our family measures true service.