July’s Helping Hands Club inductee is Lauren Maloney, Jack of all Trades volunteer.
Every Harbour volunteer is important and appreciated no matter how much time they give to our mission. Some volunteers give hundreds of hours of help throughout the year. Some come in once a week to assist with specific tasks. And others give whatever time they can to help the mission.
“There are no great acts, only small acts done with great love.” – Mother Teresa
“Everyone in life is busy, but most of us can squeeze in assisting others in small ways. This makes helping The Harbour a pleasure since we all can do a little together.” – Lauren Maloney
As a local Park Ridge native, Lauren started helping The Harbour by coordinating baked good donation drop offs with two local bakeries, House of Cakes and LeFlour. Lauren would stop by with lots of day-old goodies for youth in our programs to have and share. Weekly donation drop offs snowballed into another new project and then another new project. Over one year later Lauren continues to come up with new ways to help and support The Harbour.
Since joining The Harbour’s volunteer crew, Lauren has hosted a gently used children’s book drive, organized concession donations for our Film Festival and started a lunchtime food/snack sharing program with her students at Lincoln Middle School.
“These ways of helping, however small, make me feel like I can make a difference in the health, safety and quality of life for the young people involved with The Harbour. As a volunteer with The Harbour, I am lucky to work with the staff to have flexibility and creativity about the ways that I can help. They are open to ideas in which young people can support the programs and mission, and help us all to share our time and talents with others.” – Lauren
Lauren’s small gestures, in some way, impact each youth in all the Harbour’s programs. STEPs parents and children can bond and read new stories thanks to book donations. Harbour youth felt like movie stars getting VIP treatment thanks to Lauren and her group’s help organizing concessions for our Film Festival. Both middle school students and Harbour youth can have and share healthy snacks foods thanks to a food sharing program Lauren initiated this past school year.
Lauren believes that small gestures can make a big impact. Little by little she is making a difference in the lives of everyone at The Harbour.
“Knowing that even small things help, like dropping off coffeecakes for breakfast, or having friends clean out bookshelves for gently used books — makes it a meaningful way to help others. None of these small gestures will solve the problems of homelessness, but if we continue to work together to connect the dots in ways we can share, donate, contribute and help — then the problems do not seem hopeless, but instead we can all feel hopeful.” – Lauren
Thank you, Lauren, for your dedication and support!