"It doesn't matter how much time you have or what your skillset is, there's a place for everyone." When asked about volunteering, Misty Woodford made it clear that no matter how busy one is, there is always time to give back and care for others. As a mother of two and a real estate broker, Woodford is always on her feet. Nevertheless, she consistently invests in her children's school and her church by volunteering with them weekly.
At her church, Woodford leads a community group Bible study each Sunday. She and her husband coordinate and teach this group in order to create relationships and encourage their peers. Even when she and her husband changed churches, she has been committed to staying involved wherever she is in order to help those around her.
Woodford believes, "The best way to know what's going on and impact change is to be involved."
This belief carries over to Woodford's volunteerism with her children's school. She gives much of her time and energy to Moore Elementary because her children are the most important thing to her, and she wants to be involved in their lives and everything that affects them. Her work includes fund-raising, coordinating events and leading the new "room moms."
Woodford not only helps introduce new parents to ways that they can stay involved in their children's lives, but she also improves the conditions at Moore Elementary. For example, she was called in to the principal's office one day to help find a solution to the school's recently condemned playground. The children were to lose their playground the following week, but Woodford was determined to rebuild a new playground by the end of the year.
She used her management skills to put together a team that would set out to raise money for the playground project in the most efficient way possible. She got the entire community onboard to raise four times the amount of money that is usually donated each year - within 11 short weeks. Because she chose to give her time and skills to Moore Elementary, her partnership with the school and the community's support allowed Moore Elementary to build a new playground by Christmastime.
Woodford believes that everyone has talents, and people should use their gifts and passions to serve others. She says that when you're doing what you love, it doesn't feel like work. She loves volunteering because she loves staying involved in her church and her children's lives.
Nashville's Volunteer of the Month is a program of Doing Good, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which educates and inspires more people to volunteer by celebrating the real stories of real people who volunteer in the community. For additional information about Woodford, Doing Good or other volunteers, visit www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.