We are excited to introduce you to Amanda Greavu, this month's volunteer spotlight. Amanda has generously served CFLM in a unique way to her skillset! Our Executive Director, Mary Lee Herron, had these kind words about Amanda's volunteer service:
"Amanda is the perfect example of someone who is choosing to use her particular gifts and talents for the Lord's glory and to care for vulnerable children. After having received a CFLM Adoption Assistance Grant, she reached out to us offering her expertise in graphic design and communications. Her voice on our Marketing Committee and her skills as a graphic designer have helped us tell our story in such beautiful and new ways! It has been a joy to get to serve alongside her and her family!"
- Mary Lee Herron, CFLM Executive Director
To get to know more about Amanda's passion behind serving with CFLM, read below! We hope her story encourages you to think of how you can use the gifts the Lord has given you to care for the families in our community who are caring for vulnerable children!
Occupation: Director of Communications/Graphic Designer
Volunteer Position: CFLM Committee Member: Marketing and Fundraising Committees
How did you first get involved with CFLM: I first heard about CFLM because we were in the process of adopting. We applied for the Adoption Grant and we were awarded the grant the same week we were matched with our son! Such a huge blessing! I've attended the Choosing to Care Conference each year and I've simply been so, so impressed with the quality of the conference. This conference is on par with some of the much larger conferences, but it's local and FREE! You can't beat that. I really wanted to find a way to give back to the organization that helped us so much and support them in the incredible work that they are doing in our community. I offered my services as a graphic designer whenever they needed work, and I quickly joined in with other opportunities to serve.
What has surprised you most about working with CFLM: I don't know if I'd say surprised, but I've been so impressed with the staff and the leadership of the organization. For a small, local ministry with no national organization of support, this ministry is doing INCREDIBLE things. It's humbling to see how much a small group of people can do with like minds and hearts and a lot of grace from above.
What makes volunteering with CFLM meaningful for you: I always say that I didn't really feel "called" to adopt, but the process and act of adopting called me into a lifetime of caring for orphans. I can't adopt or foster all of the children in need. CFLM provides a tangible way for me to care for these children and to link arms with these families.
How did people describe you in your high school yearbook: Mother. I was "Mother Merritt" throughout high school.
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go: Hawaii