National Volunteer Week: A week of tribute

April 19, 2009

Today marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25, 2009.) The 2009 theme is “Celebrating People in Action.” 

Isis Initiative, Inc. is a 100 percent volunteer organization; we operate solely with the generosity of volunteers. I will post a blog each day this week highlighting and honoring the volunteers who are building our grass roots organization and helping it grow. 

In our constellation of points of lights, Leah B. Mamhot is a guiding light and a constant inspiration. We have named our scholarship program in the Philippines the Leah B. Mamhot Scholarship in honor of Leah. Click on Leah’s story to learn more about Leah and her hard work and determination to get a college education. 

 

Leah Mamhot and her mother, Rosalia Mamhot, 73, with Isis Initiative founder Cheryl Hatch, waiting for a ride to town. They are going to attend Parents' Tribute Day at La Salle University in Ozamiz City in the Philippines, where Leah lives and received her degree in Elementary Education with a major in English.

Leah Mamhot and her mother, Rosalia Mamhot, 73, with Isis Initiative founder Cheryl Hatch, waiting for a ride to town. They are going to attend Parents' Tribute Day at La Salle University in Ozamiz City in the Philippines, where Leah lives and received her degree in Elementary Education with a major in English. October 2007

 

Leah has agreed to be the chair of the Isis Initiative scholarship committee in the Philippines. She asked two of her colleagues and fellow elementary school teachers, Mrs. Cherry Mae C. Banghai and Ms. Shirley C. Castro, to join the committee and help her review the applications of candidates for our next scholarship. We thank Leah, Mrs. Banghai and Ms. Castro for their willingness to support our work; in fact, their time and commitment make our scholarship efforts possible.

Leah is our inspiration. It was her story , which she calls “our story” when we talk about it, that inspired me to create a nonprofit dedicated to offering funds for a college education to women who had the desire but not the resources to pursue a degree and a profession.  And if you’d like to donate to make a college education possible for another determined woman, please visit our Web site.

Thank you, Leah. For your love. For your smile and your laughter. For you dogged determination and optimism. For your faith. For your commitment to education. For your steadfast support of your family. For who you are and all you do. Thank you.

During National Volunteer Week, if you can’t make a monetary donation, or in addition to your monetary donation, consider volunteering your time, expertise and/or ideas to our project or another project that’s dear to your heart.

I continue to affirm and believe that each gift–every time we reach out to help another human being, the simplest gesture, even the smallest donation of time, money, heart, sweat–makes an enormous difference in all of our lives and life on this planet.

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