Then why do you bother?
It’s 8am here at The Cleveland Freedom Center pop-up. It feels like I just left a few hours ago. We’re three days in & I’m pretty tired already. The hours are long, but the benefits are awesome. We’ve had three amazing women stop in already, all of them were extremely thankful for the opportunity to generate a resume, cover letter, apply for jobs & get professional clothes. One women broke down in tears & said that she had been praying for something like this, for an opportunity to leave “the life”.
We’ve had some amazing volunteers stop by. Some are survivors themselves, some are former students of mine, some are just amazing people who have decided to give a bit of themselves to others. Regardless of their motives, they are making & will continue to make a difference.
I’m not writing this blog entry to be all “hey look at what great things we’re doing”. I’m actually writing it because a gentleman really just put it in perspective for me (ok, I’m lying, he really pissed me off). Like I said, it’s 8am as I’m writing this. I’m alone for the next few hours until another volunteer comes in. A guy popped his head in & asked “what do you do in here”? I answered by saying “we help young women who are at risk for, or who have been trafficked for sex, find jobs to get on a better path”. He responded with “that’s really great, how much do you get paid for doing this”? I answered, with the only response I have, “nothing”. He scoffed “then why do you do it” & left.
Edmund Burke said “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. I’m going to substitute the word “people” for “men”, because, you know… feminist & all… but he is completely right. All we have to do to allow the world to fall apart is to go all Nero on it & just sing & dance while the world burns.
The question here isn’t what I’m going to do. I’ve got a 14 hour day ahead of me here at the pop-up. The question isn’t what our volunteers are going to do, they have numerous shifts throughout the week to help change peoples lives.
The question is, what are you going to do to make the world a better place?