By volunteering locally, I believe you can generate more interest from others around and influence them to join forces to make a larger impact.
Kansas City, Missouri native Tara Hampton discovered the joy of volunteering two years ago when she was looking for ways her marketing company could give back to the community. A long-time supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tara decided to volunteer with the organization, thinking it would be a great team building exercise. Since then, her experience has become so much more; she is now the acting event chair for the charity’s annual Kansas City Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.
“A former boss of mine always said that charity starts at the home,” says Tara. “My local community is my home. We see videos all the time of long-distance charitable needs, but too often the needs that are right on your front door step are overlooked. By volunteering locally, I believe you can generate more interest from those around you and influence them to join forces to make a larger impact.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital specializes in childhood cancer and other severe diseases that affect children. Since founder Danny Thomas opened the doors in 1962, the organization has worked to make sure no child is denied treatment based on their family’s ability to pay. In fact, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, because St. Jude’s believes all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
When Tara isn’t working on volunteering, she likes to keep a low profile by spending time with her husband and dogs. They like to get out and try new restaurants, go for jogs, practice daily yoga, play tennis and hit up the batting cages. Tara’s favorite Cabot product is Plain Greek Yogurt.
This will be Tara’s firstCabot Community Celebrity Cruise, and she will be accompanied by her husband Keif. Joining Tara on the cruise will be fellow St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital volunteer Henry Hanten, a 2014 Celebrity Cruise Honoree, and 2015 and 2019 Celebrity Cruise Alumni.