"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." ~Henry Van Dyke
I feel gratitude every day in my job. it's by far the best part of going to work. There is nothing more motivating and enduring than the dedication and efforts of a volunteer, and I am surrounded by the most committed, enthusiastic and devoted group of people. In this time of reflection and and thankfulness, I would like to take a moment to highlight just a few of these stunning individuals.
Jennet Robinson Alterman has been an unyielding partner in spreading the word about Tell Them and the work of our network. She has traveled hundreds of miles, opened her home, and given up many evenings to join me and other advocates at events and forums to discuss the need for legislative change. She consistently informs and invites her friends and colleagues to learn more about our work, and is the best brainstorming partner I know. Jennet has become a mentor and friend in ways I never imagined, and the Tell Them Ambassadors program would not be where it is today without her.
Tamar Paltrow Zwerdling and I connected after an event in Greenville this October. It became clear very quickly that she and I were a match made in advocacy heaven. She has shown a dedication to expanding our movement and bringing in new voices that is both impressive and extremely appreciated. She consistently checks in about projects that she is both dedicated to and wants to see grow. I am immensely excited for the work that we will do together and the inspiration that she will bring to our movement.
Ted Watcher and Jan Collins have been longtime supporters and advocates for the cause of expanding and protecting reproductive health rights. They are steadfast in their determination to inform, protect and teach young people about their rights and bodies. Jan has never shied away from highlighting her opinions and thoughts through the written word, as she has displayed in numerous op-eds throughout state. And Ted graciously lent his voice and experience as an educator to our network, highlighting how comprehensive health education could benefit South Carolina's students. They are always up for anything and are the best conversationalists in the network.
These are just a few examples of the dedicated advocates that Tell Them is proud to work with. I am thrilled that I am able to be apart of this incredible network and have a chance to work with these individuals - and many more like them. It is difficult to fully express the gratitude that I feel towards their hard work and efforts, and can only say, from the deepest place in my heart, thank you.