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"I Didn't Know I Was a Leader"

Maria Elena, Latino core team member at St. Andrew Catholic Church, learns for the first time she is a leader at MACG.

Maria Elena, Latino core team member at St. Andrew Catholic Church, learns for the first time she is a leader at MACG.

Maria Elena will be attending the National Training in Los Angeles in June.

"Hi, my name is Maria Elena, and I have four children. I have belonged to St Andrew Church since 1993, and I have been an active member since 2010. I am a volunteer in the Pantry, in the kitchen, and on the parish camping trip every summer in Tillamook. I am a Church Health Promoter.

I discovered MACG during the Measure 88 campaign, when I told my story about drivers' licenses. I was invited to attend meetings, and I am learning little by little how MACG works.

I didn’t know I was a leader. My 27-year-old son researched MACG, and he surprised me with his report. He said, 'Mom, I've found out what MACG is: it's an organization that helps form community leaders. You could be a good leader, and MACG will help you.'

My family and friends know that for me it's a real joy to help others, so when I hear of a training I sign up without thinking twice! I know that I will be better trained not just for my own benefit but in order to lend a hand to someone who needs help."

 

Spanish original:

"Hola mi nombre es María Elena, soy madre de cuatro hijos y pertenezco a la Iglesia de San Andrés desde 1993, y soy miembro activo desde 2010, y soy voluntaria en el Pantry, en la cocina, y en el camping de verano en Tillamook. Soy promotora de salud de la Iglesia. Conocí MACG por la Medida 88, di mi testimonio acerca de las licencias de conducir, de ahí me invitaron a las juntas y estoy aprendiendo poco a poco cómo se desarrolla MACG. No sabía que era líder.  Mi hijo de 27 años me ayudó investigando y me sorprendió con su respuesta. Me dijo: 'Mami, ya sé qué es MACG, es una organización que ayuda a formar líderes para la comunidad. Tú puedes ser buena líder, MACG te ayudará.' Mi familia y mis amigos saben que para mí es una verdadera alegría ayudar a otras personas, es por eso que cuando sé que habrá una capacitación ¡no dudo en tomarla! Sé que estaré más preparada no solo para mí sino para darle la mano a aquel que lo necesite."

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