A Heart for Volunteering
By: Annie Low
Nashville, TN, August 9: Monica Cooley is our honored volunteer this month. She cannot imagine her life without volunteering. She grew up with parents who truly valued serving others and she, as an adult, values it the same. Not only does Monica volunteer with the Global Education Center, but she also serves at the Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee.
Monica was born in Singapore, grew up in Indonesia, and spent several of her adult years living in India. She and her husband volunteer their time at the Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee: The Sri Ganesha Temple. They host visiting artists from India as they provide meals, lodging, and transportation for the duration of their time in Nashville.
Monica also volunteers as a tour guide and as a lecturer on Hinduism at the Temple. She makes a living as a teacher and loves helping people learn. One of her favorite experiences while volunteering is when people approach her after a lecture or tour and say, “I never knew there was so much in common between Hinduism and Christianity.” Monica’s work with the Temple affects over 400 people annually, and she loves being able to serve so many people including school groups, churches, and individuals. She believes that all human similarities stem from our need for divine interaction.
Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month is a program of Doing Good, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization which educates and inspires people by celebrating the real stories of real people who volunteer. For additional information about Monica, Doing Good, or other volunteers, visit the website www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube.
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