As the DePaul Women’s Network wraps up our winter clothing drive, DWN Service & Outreach Team Member Lynn Miller was inspired to write about what service means to women in the Network.
As a part of DWN, I am constantly in awe of the amazing, strong women I find myself surrounded by. These women are purposeful and passionate and are selfless in their willingness to share their knowledge and their time with others. The DWN atmosphere is collaborative and uplifting, and this community of women seeks to channel their influence and their hard work toward something greater than themselves as individuals. That is a mission I can really get behind.
I have been so happy to be a part of one of DWN’s first service partnerships and believe within these types of experiences we can find ourselves embodying the true modern-day Louise spirit. The volunteer opportunities surrounding the St. Vincent de Paul Center’s annual Outreach Luncheon on Nov. 16 are just one way DWN members can share in the goodness of service to others – service that St. Louise de Marillac lived her life for. Louise said, “O my dear Sisters, you know better than I how great is our need to overcome ourselves.”
As the holidays grow near, along with the stressors and chaos of what the season has become, I am truly thankful for the ability to serve and overcome myself. And I look forward to many more opportunities to do so alongside the women of DWN.
Lynn Miller is a member of DWN’s Service & Outreach team and is an Academic Advisor for the College of Communication at DePaul University.