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Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

After reading the above information ask yourself “why would I choose any other realtor”?

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

If I wrote a NOTE TO GOD ...... Catholic Charities... "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to me."
To find a Catholic Charities in your area click on the link above

If I wrote a note to God, I'd ask him to help me find a way. 
To help someone that can't find help on their own.

Hi, Jean Robb here. I'm so excited to be volunteering for the Catholic Charities
Did you know that Catholic Charities has been providing services since 1910. You don't have to be Catholic to receive or provide services. They provide services to those in need because of their faith not the faith of those in need. Catholic Charities has over 200 staff members representing over 20 different faith denominations here in the DFW Metroplex. Catholic Charities strive daily to live out their agency values of respect, integrity, compassion, hospitality, excellence, and stewardship. Catholic Charities calls upon over 1,400 volunteers in DFW  annually to help them to be the hands of God in clothing the naked, caring for the poor, and welcoming the stranger. With over 30 different programs to serve children, families and the stranger. 
90% of all donations go to help others through services. 
Jean Robb and Amanda (Missi) Cowart, M.A.
Volunteering is easy. Here's what I did. I made the call to Amanda and the next day I was in the orientation.That takes about an hour and a half. You will get some really great information and be surprised by all of the services Catholic Charities offers. You really find yourself marking off  many volunteer opportunities.You'll find Missi, sweet and eager to help you find a good fit for your talent. She's perfect for this job.I was surprised to see the different talent in the room 
(Attorney, Nurse, Teacher, Graphic Artist and of course a Realtor). You start to see how everyone has something to offer others and also build their own resume. You can work with the Homeless, Refugees,  Financial Services, Anti- Trafficking, Child Welfare, Health Services, Housing, Family Services, Community Services the list goes on and on.  If you're going to work with children or the homeless you'll need to get a TB test. It's $14.00 at Care Now. Catholic Charities will do a back ground check. That takes a few days. All in all, you can be volunteering within a week of getting started. I'm going to start out with the SOS project.

Fort Worth Outreach Service Works To Help Homeless

 Every day, thousands of people in Fort Worth drive past people's homes and don't even realize it. But if you peer through the trees and under overpasses, you'll find bright-colored tents staring back.

One tent is the home of Michael Curley and Brenda Goss. They have lived in the foliage covered area for two years. "It's a regular tent… it's just got a lot of sleeping bags, tarp. It's quilted on the inside. Keeps the wind out," Curley said of the domicile.

The couple has lived in various homeless camps for 10 years. Now, they're waiting on the City of Fort Worth to help them into permanent housing. "We've been ready to get out of here," said Curley.

Curley and his wife were a lot more open than the rest of the unsheltered homeless population in Fort Worth. Some have warrants; others fell through the cracks with mental issues.
"This is the invisible population. This is it," explained Don Jones with Street Outreach Services (S.O.S.). Catholic Charities started the S.O.S. Program two weeks ago, to help service the needs of the unsheltered homeless in Fort Worth.

"If they need hygiene or whatever, we can provide them with that," said Jones.

No one knows better than Jones how to spot the trail to a homeless camp. "What we generally look for is signs of inhabitations like candy wrappers, water bottles, any kind of debris. As you can see there's litter right there," he said pointing. "That shows this has been inhabited before. You got [news]paper and things used for various hygiene situations."

Jones was homeless for 35 years and says Catholic Charities pulled him out of his situation eight months ago. Now he's trying to do the same for others. "I've been in and out of prison for over half of my life with the drugs and the violence and the gangs and everything. I was given a chance to turn my life around."  In the two weeks the program has been operating, Jones has been traveling through Fort Worth homeless camps and has been recognized by many of his former neighbors. "They know me. A lot of them are glad I made the transition. I wanted to get the opportunity to go in and share some of the happiness that's been given to me. Maybe they can get some of it, too," he said optimistically.

Father Luke Robertson is with Catholic Charities. He says S.O.S. hopes to gain the trust of the homeless in the camps and transition them slowly into housing. The S.O.S. program is working in coalition with the City of Fort Worth's plan to eradicate homelessness.

This is a way to reach out to the people who aren't a part of any social service program, like the homeless.

Father Luke praises Jones for what he is doing. "Don is just someone that's walked the walk. He knows there's a particular set of customs and protocols and language out there that we don't know and don knows. We could not do what we do without him."

So far, the response by some in the homeless camps has been positive. The S.O.S. team has already paid a visit to Curley and his wife. "We talked to them yesterday. They our friends," he said.

The 2009 Census found there are more than 2,000 homeless in Fort Worth. Of those, some 200 are unsheltered. While S.O.S. is determined to reach out to those in homeless camps, the team will respect the wishes of those who never want to leave their tents.

Otis Thornton, the homeless czar for the City of Fort Worth, says homelessness has been reduced by 19-percent since 2007. 


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Thanks for sending this to me! I love it!
Amanda "Missi" Cowart, MA
Volunteer Specialist
Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.
817-413-3932 direct line
817-535-8779 fax

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