- Linda Sloan
"Meaningful service does not have to cause a huge burden! When I decided to participate in the SIP project, I was so glad that DeAnn had created such a wonderful idea to use the talents we already have. I was inspired by her desire to use her photography talent to help others and help others use their talents. It's such a beautifully simple idea.
I started thinking of what my talents were, and how I might be able to teach them or use them for a service project. At the time I was working at a high school with a swim team that needed help. I volunteered after school and ended up helping the whole season.
There are so many ways to help others. Maybe tutor once a week, create a project to help sick children, or help a friend with something they need. I would look at your talents and pick one you might want to use. I promise you will grow in the process of serving others and feel good about paying it forward. Plus DeAnn will take lovely pictures... it's such a great idea! I'm so glad I was able to help get the project going in a small way. Get out there and serve, it's fun!" - Cami Showley
"I have participated in DeAnn’s fabulous SIP project a few times, and each time has been wonderful! They have been both exciting, and fulfilling. The opportunity to serve others, is always a soul enriching experience, and I am grateful DeAnn encourages others to give of their time and talents, and in return, provides you with a fantastic photography experience (one of her many God given talents)! In the beginning, trying to decide what projects to do can be a little bit of challenge. How can I use my talents to serve others?
When will I find the time in my busy schedule? But DeAnn is super helpful in helping you come up with ideas, that YOU will enjoy! I found that because I served in ways that I knew would uplift others, and also used my talents, finding the time was easy! I can say that my view on service has not always been the most upbeat, but through serving in the SIP project, I learned how much fun it can be! Besides feeling good about what you have done, you then get to have a fun photo shoot with DeAnn! I think she creates the perfect balance, of fun, relaxation, and professionalism. Each time she has taken pictures of me I feel confident in her work, and know I will love the results." - Brittney Griffith Kohl