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Making a Difference: How I Support My Community Through Giving Back

In a world that often feels chaotic and uncertain, finding ways to give back to our communities can provide a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and connection.

For me, volunteering and supporting my community have become integral aspects of my life, and I am deeply passionate about making a positive impact wherever I can.

In this blog post, I'll share how I contribute to my community by donating blood with the American Red Cross, training a puppy for Southeastern Guide Dogs, donating services to ESP (Extra Special People) and supporting my son's football team.

Nina Ferentinos Photography giving platelets with the American Red Cross

Platelet donation is a simple yet powerful way to save lives and support those in need.

As a regular Platelet donor with the American Red Cross, I understand the critical importance of maintaining an adequate blood supply for patients undergoing surgery, recovering from accidents, or battling life-threatening illnesses.

By donating blood regularly, I am able to directly impact the lives of individuals in my community who rely on these life-saving transfusions to survive.

By donating Platelets I can help cancer patients recover from chemotherapy and get stronger faster. A platelet donation takes about 3 hours and involves both arms. I mostly watch Netflix, because any movement is prohibited.

Another meaningful way I contribute to my community is by volunteering as a puppy raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs. This incredible organization provides guide dogs, service dogs, and companion animals to individuals with visual impairments, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges.

As puppy raisers, we (because this is a family project 😉) have the privilege of welcoming a young puppy into my home, providing basic obedience training, socialization, and love until they are ready to begin their formal training. It's a rewarding experience knowing that the puppy we raise will one day become a source of independence, companionship, and support for someone in need.

Read the whole story about this family project in the Blogpost that I wrote for ATLANTA MOM.

In addition to my involvement with the American Red Cross and Southeastern Guide Dogs, as a business I donate my photography services to ESP, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities and their families.

Through a variety of programs and services, ESP provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage in recreational activities, develop life skills, and build meaningful relationships.

Every February they have a Big Hearts gala with a silent auction and I donate my Photography services to help raise money for this meaningful organization.

Big Hearts Weekend is an in-person family-friendly talent show in Athens, Georgia with a black tie gala and silent auction.

These Big Hearts events allow people to come together to celebrate people with disabilities while raising yearly funds for their favorite ESP programs.

School involvement:

High school football player posing in uniform

Volunteering at my son's high school concession stands is a fulfilling way for me to contribute to the community.

By dedicating my time and effort to support school events, I play a vital role in the success of the school and the team.

Serving snacks and refreshments not only raises funds for various school programs but also fosters a sense of camaraderie among students, parents, and faculty. Additionally, volunteering allows me to connect with other parents and build meaningful relationships within the school community.

Overall, my involvement in the concession stands demonstrates my commitment to supporting education and enhancing the high school experience for everyone involved.

At Riverwood International Charter School, the parents have to cover only one shift during the game so they get to watch a little bit of the game at least.

In conclusion, giving back to my community through volunteering and supporting organizations like the American Red Cross, Southeastern Guide Dogs, and ESP brings me a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Whether it's donating blood to save lives, raising a puppy to enrich a blind persons life, or offering my services to empower individuals with disabilities, I am grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

I encourage everyone to find ways to give back to their communities, whether big or small, as every act of kindness has the power to create ripple effects of positivity and change. Together, we can make a difference and build stronger, more compassionate communities for all.

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