The Volunteer Spirit


Every Saturday morning in Augusta there is fresh market near the

riverwalk that offers organic produce from local gardens. Further,
the market allows local service providers the opportunity to raise
awareness regarding community events. Last weekend, I had the pleasure
of meeting volunteers of a very important service designed to support
women experiencing cancer treatment in the CSRA.

The Lydia Project is the first of its, not only in the CSRA, but
nationally. The agency provides rent, utility, and prescription
assistance to women who are unable to afford these basic expenses.

The organization was founded on the principles of a Christian
biblical character named Lydia (Acts 16:14-15), who traded purple
cloth to support others in need. The volunteers of the Lydia continue
this tradition in the form of gifts (tote-bags, luminaries, etc.),
which are sold to support patients, caregivers and family members.

At the heart of the organization are volunteers who are dedicated to
the cause. The give selflessly of their time to ensure that everyone
they encounter have a heartfelt experience.

The people who I meet this weekend truly represent the Volunteer
Spirit; which includes the intangibles that many of us overlook when
we think about supporting a charitable cause. At the heart of the
Lydia Project, you will find individuals who show visitors that they
care by offering their time, compassion, and companionship I meet
people like Franky, who has been volunteering with the project since
he was in the seventh grade. Now a sophomore in college, he still
dedicates his time to support this noble cause.

The program has been so successful that they are opening the Daksha
Chudgar House next month. This facility will combining lodging and
operational space for support group meetings, counseling, and
educational services.

As always, I challenge you in the CSRA to support the Lydia
Project……..will you be there?

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