What a difference a year makes. Almost one year ago my sister became a volunteer for the Dallas Police Department's Youth Outreach Unit. Since Vicki and I are almost always together anyway, I naturally started to tag along in support of her new passion. Right from the beginning, I could see that this was a great group of people with big hearts and a deep love for the Blue. As I sat in the audience for Vicki's graduation from the Citizen's Police Academy, I was struck by the seriousness and commitment that the police have for showing the graduating class and their families how important they are to the department. They don't just thank you for taking the time out of your life to participate in learning more about what the police do, they extend an invitation. It's an invitation to be a part of a family...of a larger whole. And they make it really fun!
On that very first day, I met a lot of great people and it made a lasting impression on me. One of the people I met was the sergeant heading up the DPD Volunteer program.After the ceremonies had ended and we were leaving, I listened to my sister excitedly ask the sergeant when she was going to put her to work. That didn't take long. Days later Vicki was on the case, using her natural strengths to help out where she could.
And that's what a leader does. She asks the right questions to find out what your strengths are so that she can make sure you enjoy what you're doing while the work is getting done. A leader creates a win/win. Not long after, I joined Vicki in volunteering and lent my talents to the effort. I get to meet great people, help the police department as they reach out to the community, and do it all for a woman with a humble servant heart. Now who's winning?!
Here's her favorite quote: "Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections. Some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give." - Barbara Bush
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