Epilogue: Brittany Tuggle

My week with Volunteer Odyssey came at the perfect time. I needed this experience. That may sound a little dramatic, but it’s true.  I have done volunteer work before, but not on this level. I learned about so many organizations that are striving to improve the lives of Memphis residents.

I admire the dedication of the volunteers and staff that I met on my journey. I highly recommend anyone who can make time, to experience Volunteer Odyssey for themselves.

Doing so much volunteer work in one week helped me put things into perspective about my personal and professional life. Volunteer Odyssey made me consider what kind of impact I wanted to have, what kind of legacy I wanted to create. I was having a hard time discovering my life’s purpose.

After I created my first blog, I figured it out: I wanted to work in the communications department of a non profit organization. Each organization has a unique mission that should be shared with as many people as possible. I feel that part of my life’s purpose is to help share that mission through my knowledge of public relations and communications. If I had not participated in Volunteer Odyssey, I may not have found my purpose for a long time.

Now that I have narrowed down my career goals, I can start gaining experience working in nonprofit communications. Thanks to all the direct and indirect networking, I have more resources to find a job and know what organizations are looking for when it comes to communicating with their audience. Hopefully when I graduate next year, I will have the opportunity to work for one of the many nonprofit organizations in the city. I have a plan, motivation, and now I am working on finding the right opportunity.

Just as the opportunity to be a part of Volunteer Odyssey came at the right time, I know the right job opportunity will come as well. I am excited about my journey, and  I honestly can’t thank Sarah enough for helping me take the first step.


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