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The Virtues of Volunteering. . . . An interview by talk radio host Ginny Robertson of the “WomanTalk Live Radio” show. Vaile Leonard CEO-Founder, The Light of Truth Center HOST BY: Women’s Leadership Network, at Alcatel-Lucent for Women’s History Month 2009

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the virtues of volunteering

The Virtues of Volunteering

. . . An interview by talk radio host Ginny Robertson of the “WomanTalk Live Radio” show

Vaile Leonard

CEO-Founder, The Light of Truth Center

HOST BY: Women’s Leadership Network, at Alcatel-Lucent

for Women’s History Month 2009

Thursday, March 26th virtual meeting at 10:00am EST. 

speakers biographical information
  • Local talk radio hostGINNY ROBERTSONwill interview our guest speaker. Ginny is the Founder and President of Live Your Life on Purpose. She has been a speaker and workshop facilitator for the past 22 years. Her multi-facetted company reflects her genuine interest in helping people to enhance both their personal and professional lives. Ginny is known for her highly interactive and experiential style that's laced with humor. She typically leaves audiences armed and ready to follow through with exciting, tried and true ideas on how to get out of their own way and get on with creating the life they desire.
  • Our featured speaker is VAILE LEONARD. Vaile is a former Lucent employee who is making history in Baltimore City as the CEO, Founder, and Visionary of The Light of Truth Center []. She is credited for spearheading and maintaining the vision, development and implementation of a new facility, and for driving programs for women recovering from addiction. The Light of Truth Center provides direct support to residents by designing and facilitating skill-development programs, including lessons in decision-making, communication, and identifying and dealing with emotions. Ms. Leonard also handles fundraising and sponsorship efforts for the Center as well as supervises and provides a positive workplace for all levels of staff. Ms. Leonard is an excellent orator and has had the privilege and honor to speak throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. She has volunteered for several community service positions and has served as a state volunteer for local penal institutions. As a trained and certified state volunteer, this position allows for invaluable experience in assessing the needs of women embarking on new lives, and re-entering the community.
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  • WHO?
    • YOU can make a difference
  • WHEN?
    • NOW is the time to “pitch in”
  • WHY?
    • SERVICEto others
    • EXPERIENCE the joys of lending your skills to make the world more like the world you want to live in
    • OPPORTUNITIES if you're interested in helping out, want to learn something new, or willing to share your wealth of skills and knowledge, then you have a reason to volunteer
social responsibility

Whether times are economically good or not,

  • Community service projects
    • Demonstrate caring about our communities
  • Non-profit organizations and community groups
    • Focus on almost any community issue
  • Volunteers
    • Contribute to the success of one time and/or ongoing initiatives
    • Motivate others and are motivated by their own interests and enthusiasm
    • Engage skill sets in support of what’s important to them
    • Raise awareness around issues, take an active role in making change happen, and even have fun
anyone can volunteer

Do an inventory of your skills, desires, and availability; then share this information with the organization(s) that interest you the most


  • your time
  • your support
  • your expertise to do the typing, filing, phoning, selling, writing, shopping, cooking, cleaning, sewing, fund raising, advocating, manual labor, organizing people and projects, et al.
  • it doesn't matter what skills you have or don't have
  • volunteers can directly confront, identify, and help solve the needs of those around them


  • experience in skills you don't normally use, develop new skills, open new possibilities
  • chance to work with people from varied backgrounds, build networks, gain confidence
  • chance to update your resume, boost employability, further career prospects
  • expand your circle of influence and broaden horizons
  • thanks and kudos from those you’ve helped
  • sense of satisfaction from volunteering is a natural catalyst for building individual self-esteem, passing on social values, and enlisting others
endless opportunities
  • Support education projects
  • Volunteer at hospitals, orphanages, and health care and senior citizen facilities
  • Volunteer at homeless/battered women shelters
  • Partner with an orphanage
  • Volunteer at food banks or homeless feeding programs
  • Support environmental projects

Visit national and local government, your company, or non-profit websites to find opportunities to volunteer, for example:

President Obama’s Call to Service

Baltimore County Volunteer Solutions

The Light of Truth Center

final thought

Whether you call it “giving back” or “paying it forward” through service, there’s a place for you to give of your time to make the world a better place.