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Discover the Genius Within You.

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Sep 27, 2016
by Volunteer Center of Lubbock

What happens when you take 650 people and ask them to step outside of their comfort zone? You ignite creativity within a community.

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting students, for-profit and nonprofit businesses, educators, and community members from across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico at the 2016 Service & Leadership Symposium: Igniting Creativity. Keynote speaker Scott Sherman from the Transformative Action Institute challenged the audience through an interactive session to think outside the box, to discover just how creative every person is capable of being, and to use that creativity to come up with solutions to the problems our communities face.

Half way through Scott's session, one of our United Way Youth Division officers, Zoe, came up to Program Manager Sabine Wohlschlag and me. She was overcome with excitement and told us she just couldn't wait to get started on her idea. Zoe had heard about a campaign in another city which worked with local restaurants to donate meals to the homeless on a daily basis, and she wants to bring the idea to Lubbock. We were able to point Zoe to several of our partner agencies who work with the homeless population, many of whom were at the symposium participating in the Agency Fair and Hands-On Projects. Enthusiasm and creativity started a chain of collaboration right in that moment. It was amazing to see it happen first hand.

At one point, Scott told the crowd, "Part of creativity is that each one of us has genius within us." We believe that is true. You have genius. When you find your purpose and discover ways to act on it, you have the potential to use that genius to transform our community and to transform the world.

If you want to find your purpose and how to act on it, get in touch with us at or (806) 747-0551. We're ready to help you discover the genius within you.

With gratitude,

Amanda McAfee
Development Manager


Get Involved Awards

It is no secret that our community is made up of people committed to lending a hand. West Texas is built upon friendliness, kindness, and showing goodwill to others. Every year, the Volunteer Center gets to honor a few of these great people with Get Involved Awards at our annual Cornucopia Luncheon. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this great event. We are very pleased to announce this year's honorees:

Adult Individual - Ann Archer
Adult Individual - Sharon Johnson
Adult Group - The National Ranching Heritage Center's Ranch Hosts
Young Adult - The Honorable Ann-Marie Carruth
College Group - Texas Tech University First Generation Transition & Mentoring (formerly known as PEGASUS)
College Individual - Whitney Shaffer
Youth Individual - Peter Martinelli
Youth Group - The DECA Program at Frenship High School
Family - The Tilden Family
Business Category - Wells Fargo Bank
Volunteer Coordinator - Lisa Gilbert
Louise Cummins Outstanding Organization - Dismas Charities, Inc.
Ray J Diekemper Lifetime of Community Service Award - Vernita Woods-Holmes

You are invited to join us in recognizing these amazing individuals and organizations. Please join us Wednesday, November 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lubbock Country Club. Tickets and tables may be purchased on our website or by calling (806) 747-0551. For more information, please contact Paris Wright at

From the Heart

Join our family volunteering program From the Heart this Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as they make place mats to inspire and encourage the families at Family Promise. To register your family, please visit our website or contact Paris Wright at for more information.

Upcoming Events

For more information about these events or to find out how you can invest in the Volunteer Center, please contact Amanda McAfee at (806) 747-0551 or email