There is not a better way to connect with the community than volunteering. Even though it may be tough to wake up early on Saturday morning (or ANY morning for that matter!) the payback is huge. Four dedicated members of Collegiate Coaching Services, two coaches and two clients, gave their Saturday morning to a great up and coming organization, Heroes in Recovery.
Heroes in Recovery is a movement aimed at supporting people struggling with addictions to seek help and treatment. Their mission statement is, “to eliminate the social stigma that keeps addicted individuals from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives.” Their cause is based on the alarming discovery that of the 22 million people who need help with addiction each year, only 3 million seek treatment.
Heroes in Recovery hosted a 6K race on Saturday and even though it was their first year, there were almost 250 runners and walkers! We spent our volunteering time cheering on runners, handing out water, helping with clean-up, and just interacting with the participants and other volunteers in a meaningful, productive way. It was an overall inspiring and fun event that left us all in very high spirits.
To learn more about this powerful organization, check out their website to read inspiration stories and see how you can get involved.