Read about Lawrence
Coley's experience volunteering at "Care
Express Home Care."
Lawrence and his brother Kevin volunteer with
a group that provides "hands-on" help
What kind of philanthropic or volunteer work
did/do you do?
Lawrence: For the past 3 years, my
brother Kevin and I have volunteered with my
motherís nonprofit organization called "Care
Express Home Care.Ē† Its service area is Atlanta
and Dekalb and Cobb Counties.† We feed elderly
and disabled people for Thanksgiving, Christmas,
and Easter.† We take clothes to the women and
childrenís shelter every winter, we help teen
mothers by making baby gift bags that include
formula, baby soap, and other baby items.† We
also help take old people to the store and help
crippled men shop for clothes and shoes.
What inspired you to get involved?
Lawrence: My mother inspired me to
get involved because she always says you have
to help people and God will bless you.† Itís
her company and I have to help her.
What is/was the best thing about your
Lawrence: The best thing is that I
know I helped someone who did not have something.
What is/was the hardest part?
Lawrence: The hardest part is when
I really want something like some new tennis
shoes or a new jersey, and my mother says no
because we have to feed a family or we have
to buy diapers for some people. Itís hard because
a lot of the people don't say thank you and
I feel like they don't appreciate the things
my mother does.† My mother does a lot for people
and nobody pays her. So it sometimes makes me
mad and angry.
What was the biggest surprise?
Lawrence: The biggest surprise was
last Christmas when my brother and I thought
we were not going to get anything but my mother
gave us a play station 2 and some clothes. We
had to help 2 people get their lights turned
back on and buy food for 3 families. So I thought
we couldn't get a gift for Christmas, but my
mother surprised us after we delivered all the
What new things have
you learned as a result of your experience and how have you changed as a result?
Lawrence: I have learned that I'm blessed.
I'm lucky to have my mom and I don't get mad when we have to go and help people
any more. I have learned that you have to give something to help people in this
world in order to be blessed.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of getting involved in philanthropy or volunteering?
Lawrence: I advise people to volunteer
with groups that help people hands-on. Go out
to the houses, help cook, talk
to the old people, give them a hug. In the end
you will feel so good about the
help and love you gave.
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