McKay Completes The Four Winds Project
In January, The Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha launched a new initiative, called The Four Winds Project, that aims to promote volunteerism among its members. Jackie Savage McKay, a Lifetime Lodge Member, was the first to complete the required 240 minutes, or four hours, of volunteering, while wearing her Lodge sash.
Sometimes, getting started with a project is the hardest part, which is why McKay began with finding volunteer opportunities that fit her daily routine. McKay broke the required four hours of service down into three separate projects. The first was picking up trash, on two separate occasions for 30-minutes, in Millstadt Park where she walks every morning. Because of the instant gratification that came with seeing a cleaner path on her morning walks, McKay decided the next project she would tackle was picking up trash along a 2-mile stretch on the highway, which took one hour. Lastly, McKay volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program and delivered food to the elderly at the Senior Center in Millstadt. Because of the joy and sense of gratitude volunteering brought McKay while completing The Four Winds Project, she’s decided to continue her efforts with all three of her projects. Way to go, Jackie!
Volunteering doesn’t always require huge gestures. McKay’s advice to Lodge members who are wanting to complete The Four Winds Project is to start small. She says, “Don’t try and take on a big project. The easiest way to go about volunteering is to find projects in your everyday life, like wearing your sash while you help carry an elderly person’s groceries.”
The Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha can’t wait to hear more stories like Jackie’s. To learn more about The Four Winds Project, please visit ondessonk.com/community/the-loyal-lodge/four-winds-project/.