Volunteering: Are You Working “Harder” or “Smarter”?

If you’re a regular follower of our postings here at Sagepointers, you’ll recognize Scarlet as one of our most consistent contributing bloggers (and if you’re a newcomer, welcome – we hope you’ll find this blog useful). Scarlet has written about a variety of topics, and she’s very active in her community, volunteering in a number of different causes – some related to family (especially her children) and some that are important to her for the same reasons that motivate many of us to “give back” whatever we can, to try and help make our world a little bit better place. Also like many of us, Scarlet has discovered that sometimes the commitments made with the best of intentions – responsibilities that were willingly accepted and diligently performed – take far more time and effort than anticipated. We’ve all been there – the project or event that suddenly took on a life of its own, and monopolized our time to the point of making serious inroads on other responsibilities (or the much-needed “down time” that is so crucial to keeping us going!). We can all accept the premise that busy people need to work smarter, not harder, in order to meet the myriad demands on their time. That’s true whether you’re the Chairman of the Board, or a Soccer Mom trying to juggle the hundreds of tasks that crowd your calendar every single day. The problem is finding an easy, affordable solution that makes “smarter, not harder” possible. Take a moment to read Scarlet’s story, and don’t be surprised if you see yourself somewhere between the lines:

Scarlet writes:

In our family, we celebrate Easter. When looking at all the pictures of dressed up Easter bunnies, I thought back to the days when the kids were little. I was always involved in school parties and fundraising, and I can remember dressing up in any kind of costume to bring a smile to a child’s face, or to raise some money for a good cause. There were days where I baked, created and sweated for what would equate to about 10 cents an hour. I remember one day telling the kids I couldn’t help with homework, because I was baking cupcakes for a grade-level party.

Somehow, I think I missed the boat on volunteering for the kids. By Whitney’s senior year I was booster club president for the drill team, and in charge of the senior gala and homecoming dance. By the end of her senior year, I was checking things off as they were done. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed every minute, but I could have enjoyed it with a lot less work. When Eric transferred to a new school his senior year, I was devastated. I had to give up my position on the baseball booster club board and the media guide. When we got to the new school, I knew no one, and they had no idea how “wonderful” I was at volunteering. For the first time, I got to go to games, and not worry about people showing up for their assigned volunteer duties. I got to actually enjoy being “just” a mom. There is something to be said for that.

Just remember, when volunteering starts to take time from your kids, it really isn’t benefitting them. It took me way too long to figure that out. Luckily, college doesn’t ask for a lot of volunteers, ha ha!

Sound familiar? It’s a very common story. Many volunteers – dedicated individuals who are active in their communities – discover that their commitments have cost them far more than they originally anticipated, and not just in time or financial resources. Missing out on those once-in-a-lifetime personal or family moments – the stuff of which cherished memories are built – shouldn’t have to be the cost of helping to build a and maintain a healthy, caring, vibrant community.

That’s where we can help. Sagepoint was built by volunteers, for volunteers, based on the simple premise that busy people need the right tools in order to make the transition from “working harder” to “working smarter”. Whether you’re organizing a homeroom potluck or a major community event, we can give you the tools to make your life easier. It doesn’t cost anything to use Sagepoint’s organizational tools, and we can help you leverage the very latest Social Media Marketing and Social Networking platforms to enhance your fundraising efforts. Visit us at www.sagepoint.com and see for yourself – we think you’ll be glad you did!

Eric’s Success Story


A photo from Eric’s First Game & Last Game

With Social Media it seems we see the best and worst of everything.  In sports, if someone makes it, we see the best.  We see the photo of the pro player as a child with the Little League trophy, or the announcer talks about what a stand-out this kid has been his entire life.  We seldom hear about the athlete that struggled, unless we read a book or happen to see his documentary. Wouldn’t it be nice if we saw how the “success story” actually came about?  Here is my son’s success story…

At 2 ½ years old Eric was big for his age and my husband thought he had the future Heisman Trophy winner.  Well, that changed when an x-ray showed congenital scoliosis.  Contact sports were out.  Baseball became Eric’s love, and he began playing at the age of 4.  He ended his high school career being named MVP of his high school baseball team, 1st Team All District, 1st Team All State and 2nd Team All Centex.  One would think he had it great.  What you need to know about are the struggles that Eric encountered along the way:

  • He had to have 2 major back surgeries for congenital scoliosis.  One landed him in the hospital for 3 weeks with a staph infection.
  •   He was told he wasn’t good enough to even try out for the select team at the field we originally played at.
  •  He was cut from a team because they wanted a centerfielder, and their chosen centerfielder came with a friend that played Eric’s position, first base.  Eric was out.
  • He was told by his high school coach that even though he was one of his best hitters he wasn’t planning on playing him.

We transferred schools his senior year in high school to give him the opportunity to prove himself.  He wanted baseball bad enough to do anything to play it.  After a great senior season, Eric ended up receiving a college scholarship to play baseball at Harding University.

 Just remember if you love something enough, and work hard enough at it, you can achieve it.

Take a look at this video about Famous Failures and keep reaching for your goals! 

– submitted by Scarlet Honeycutt


A dear friend talked me into helping with a dinner preparation for Mobile Loaves and Fishes after school program.  I thought to myself, “I don’t cook for my own family, why would I want to go and put together 150 hotdog dinners?”  I went and actually had a really great time with great people.  When we were done the hotdog dinners were bagged and left for volunteers to deliver to a local elementary school.  I never really gave any thought to where the dinners went after we were done. 

I am a Facebook addict and the other day saw a post from a friend that read, “It was hotdog day today and you would have thought it was steak and lobster!  Thank you, Mobile Loaves and Fishes.”  The post was from a teacher at the school where the dinners were delivered.  Without those dinners someone wouldn’t have had anything to eat.  All of a sudden my little hour and a half one day a month means something.  Just think if everyone gave just an hour and a half one day a month.  A lot of nothings add up to something really great — Scarlet Honeycutt

 MLF PictureNote: This post describes the wonderful effect of the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) after school program in Austin, Texas. In conjunction with the Free & Reduced Meal Program at their schools, MLF provides free sack dinners for elementary children and the whole family as the kids are picked up from school. To help support this effort, MLF is hosting the Third Annual Family 5K & Kids Fun Run on May 4, 2014. For more information, and to sponsor this event, please go to www.mlffamily5k.org.

Introducing our new blog contributor, Scarlet Honeycutt

Scarlet HoneycuttMy name is Scarlet Honeycutt.  I am a part-time CPA and full-time mom.  I have had two children’s books published.  My biggest royalty check so far is $62.00 (definitely not best sellers).  I taught a year of pre-school because I thought it looked easy.  I was wrong.  I also took the lunch lady job at the elementary school for a total of 2 weeks.  It looked easy too, ha ha.   This year I started a small business called Santa The Fan with my daughter Whitney.  We dress and sell Santas and ragdolls.   Yes, I’m a little scattered in my interests.

 I’m on the down side of 50 and have two adult children in college living at home.  Whitney is 21 and Eric is 18.  Yep, that empty nest thing hasn’t happened yet.   I’m obsessed with everything Christmas and start decorating in September.  I love watching the trick-or-treaters’ faces when they see the tree when I open the door.  I have a wonderful husband who supports all my crazy whims.  We have two Chihuahuas, 15 year old Hershey (the devil in a dog suit), and 8 year old Blondie (she thinks we are the pets) .   I was born and raised in Austin and the only other place I would like to live is the North Pole.