~ Giving Back Initiatives ~

I love helping people - why? Because it makes a difference in my own life.

It gives me purpose, identity, a feeling of connection with other human beings.

I know that I am here for a reason - to give of my talents and abilities that God gave me, and to do so in a way that benefits them and me. I help them accomplish a goal in their life, and find more success, and I am happy to be the reason and continue to help if needed. I get referrals from students because they see I care about them and know I can help others.

But I am not here just to make a living, I am here to make a LIFE. I am dedicated to finding ways to help that don't always reward me financially, but help others through volunteering my time, talents and energy. If I take my eyes off my own needs, and help others, I appreciate what I have and what I can give them, and feel better about my own life, no matter what struggles I am facing.

Sometimes that is local - working with organizations that are making a difference in SO many lives in the Triangle area and are giving back to the community in so many ways. Those I have supported and am supporting this year and moving forward.

Sometimes that is working to help others get on their feet financially and give them a hand up, not just a hand out. Giving free Financial Fitness classes that help them understand how THEY can get ahead in this difficult economy. See what classes are coming up and how you can participate.

And sometimes, that is taking a leap of faith, and saying YES to going to another part of the world and giving of  my time and talents there, and making a BIG difference in their lives.

I have been on 3 mission trips, from right out of college to a few years ago, and they always change my thinking. From locally to globally. From inward to outward. From stressing about my life to appreciating what I have and what I can give someone in another country that has much less than I do. I am planning another big trip - to Haiti this time - and I am so excited to see what happens!

Thanks for caring and hope you can connect and help if you so desire! :)


Corral Riding Academy 


Because every broken life can be made whole again.  

Amazing story about how they raised enough to save their farm in Cary through generous donations of the community

Corral Riding Academy in Cary reaches $1M Mark ahead of deadline 

I have helped through their tutoring program - volunteering Saturday mornings at the farm.

SAT/ACT English Prep

Private or group classes​​

Financial Literacy and Leadership Development

free online classes and seminars​

Life on Life Mission Trip to Haiti 2018

On February 9, 2018, I’ll be taking off to the beautiful country of Haiti, as part of the Life on Life initiative through Life Leadership with 25 others, to spend 6 days on the island of La Gonâve in a town called Anse-à-Galets, followed by 7 days in the capital city of Port-au-Prince,  returning home late on February 21st, exhausted but happy! 

Beyond the normal "mission trip" activities, we will be teaching the Haitians life skills: leadership and entrepreneurship, financial fitness and discipline, people skills and conflict resolution, as well as English! As we know, by changing the way we think, we can change the results in our lives and how we live every day. Our purpose in Haiti is to share high-quality information so that our new friends may take it and apply it to their own lives well after we are gone. We want to give them a hand up, not just a hand-out! 


Accent Reduction

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Would you consider donating to this worthy cause? If you are able to, that would help me reach my goal of $2,000 by Dec. 31, 2017. Any amount helps!

How you can partner with me:



Send any amount here directly to me! Please send it as a "gift".

Online Linkhttps://www.givesendgo.com/lolhaiti

My mailing address

1633 Hammock Place

​Raleigh, NC 27606

​I will list sponsors of $10 or more here on this page! Thank you so much for your generosity.

Professional EducationAL SERVICES - ONLINE AND LOCAL!

Gigi's Playhouse


Let's change the world together!

Caroline Tate - Site Coordinator for Gigi's Raleigh

Worked with Summer Literacy Program (10 wks) 

Working with a private student through a partnership with First In Families - 3 months literary training for a high school graduate with Downs Syndrome

Playing acoustic music at their TeenTastic nights with my husband - priceless :)

Read & Feed 


Giving KIDS an appetite for READING


Blending two very important issues for young children: nutrition and education - office or mobile after school sites.

​Worked with Summer Reading Program at Read & Feed headquarters 

in association with TAP

- just finished!

​Free Financial Fitness Classes - 

Coming soon!


Overview of Financial Fitness

Tuesdays at 8pm

Homewood Suites

Raleigh, NC

Fill out contact form for 

more info or call Laurel

Giving Partners (Sponsors)​   (thank you for your generosity! :)

First donation (online) - $25 - Kathy Simmers, Melaleuca


$25 - Melanie Paul, Business Alliance of NC 


​$25 - Barbara Hemphill - Organizer