Featured Volunteer – Tom
What motivated you to volunteer for CTF?
I learned about CTF from my work with the organization during my time in the legislature. Even though I am no longer in the legislature, I realize that I can still make a difference in some small, yet profound, manner.
How has volunteering at CTF had an impact on your life?
Getting to know the individuals in the organization and witnessing their passion has served as an inspiration to me. Even more importantly, seeing the courage and strength of character in each victim as she struggles to restart her life has enriched me and made me a better person.
What is the most important thing you learned from volunteering at CTF?
That there is always hope. That with grace and prayer one can find the strength to persevere.
What advice would you give to those considering volunteering their time to CTF?
Those who are new to volunteering come to the experience believing that they will give much to their endeavor. No doubt that is true, but after a time they will come to realize that they have received much more than they have given.
When you are not volunteering at CTF, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I am involved in other volunteer organizations in the community and across the state. When I am not doing that, I enjoy reading and valiantly trying to improve my golf game.
Do you have a favorite memory from the time you’ve spent volunteering with CTF?
When I first introduced a piece of legislation in the legislature, there was a victim who came forward to testify. Her testimony left an incredible impression upon me. Afterwards, I approached her to tell her how much I admired what she had done. Understandably, she turned away from me. The following year she testified once again on another trafficking bill that I introduced. On this occasion she sought me out and we had a wonderful chat. The transformation in that young lady in a year’s time was truly amazing.
Tell us something that inspires you!
I am inspired by those who struggle every day, by those whom society may shun, yet continue to persevere.
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
Scriptural: “When you do it for the least of these, you do it for Me.”
This one I’ve heard along the way: “Still waters run deep.”
This one I came up with (really!): “Our children are our future; they should be our priority.”