Sara Talks about Vines & Vibes
August 26, 2018
I live in Decatur, Illinois, and I work for the county’s Regional Office of Education. I work as an assistant with the Technical Academy. Our mission is to bring vocational training back to area high school students by providing skills in trade programs such as Nursing, Welding, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, and more.
My husband, Drew Burger, is a tattoo artist and owner/operator of his own tattoo & art studio. We have two children together – our fifteen year old son, Izaiah, who is an amazing artist as well; and our eleven year old music-loving daughter, Amelie. One of her first concert experiences was at age six when we took her to see Michael Franti in St. Louis.
At home, there are always art projects going on – drawing, painting, sculpting, wood working, jewelry making. When we are not at home, we enjoy time outdoors together usually camping and kayaking or hiking around with our two bulldogs.
What was your first impression of Do It For The Love?
What are you most excited about with volunteering for Do It For The Love?
I am very excited that while I’m volunteering with DIFTL I’m connecting with so many new people throughout the Mid-West region as well as across the country. Prior to this, I’ve only volunteered with local projects. So it’s interesting to be working on something on a much bigger scale. This opportunity has allowed me to meet people from all different locations all with different backgrounds. It’s really great to be able to share our stories with one another.
I’ve been most surprised that every single volunteer gets to have a voice, which I feel is pretty unique considering that this is a nationwide organization. Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas and visions on how to successfully create awareness for DIFTL and how to assist with fundraising events. That type of environment creates the feeling of being part of a team. Volunteers aren’t present just to do the little things; you get to play an active role in this mission.
What other causes and organizations are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about being an active member in my local community. I previously worked as the Personnel Director for our county’s prosecutor’s office. During my seven years there, I assisted in supervising a non-profit organization that worked specifically with children who are the victims of crimes. We were also blessed to have a Domestic Violence Unit whose staff was incredible. They continuously worked hard to support the victims of domestic abuse. It was a very educational experience for me to work with such a great team and learn the criminal justice system.
I continue to support these efforts in my community.
I am also very passionate about education and advocacy for animals & pets. I currently serve as Treasurer/Secretary for a local non-profit, Soy City Animal Rescue & Relief Fund, that encourages animal rights and provides funding for local rescue agencies.
No matter what type of volunteer work you are looking for, you will find an opportunity available with DIFTL. If you want to help out in your local community, you can do so by helping to raise awareness of DIFTL’s mission. If you want to help out on bigger scale, you will have the opportunity to help with creating and organizing fundraising events. Or if you like to help those in need, you can work with educating and assisting people who could be possible gift recipients of a DIFTL wish grant. There’s something for everyone. DIFTL is a very positive and energetic team to work with that has a very unique mission. You really will be part of something special.