“Everybody can be great . . . “

washinton-large-2There is a great quote by Martin Luther King in which he says, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” At FamilyWorks we are very blessed to be connected to so many “great” individuals who generously give of their time and talents.

If you’ve ever been passing through our hallway during food bank hours you’ve possibly seen, and heard, Cora who is one of these “great” individuals. Cora has been a consistent and welcoming presence at FamilyWorks ever since she first joined our family as an AARP volunteer three years ago. Cora is a talented singer and musician who often shares her talent with our food bank customers because as she says, “Music has been a healing force for me, and I want to pass that along to others.”

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cora and she candidly shared about the difficulties she has had to overcome in her life, including addiction, abuse and disability. Despite these hurdles Cora has chosen to utilize her experiences, wisdom and gifts to help others. She told me, “I’m not perfect. I’m a work in progress. But, today I’m all about helping people.” Aside from entertaining our customers with her music Cora is also helping others by serving as an AA sponsor and peer coach.

As we finished talking Cora told me, “If everyone could give what they could the world would be so much better.” I appreciated this sentiment because it perfectly describes Cora’s character and heart. But, I also appreciate what she said because it lines up so well with the last part of Dr. King’s quote, which seems to have been written for Cora and other “great” individuals like her:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve  . . . You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Thank you Cora, and thank you to all of the “great” volunteers who serve at FamilyWorks.

Please remember to support FamilyWorks during the GiveBIG campaign on May 15th.

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