We are now accepting internship applications for spring and summer until March 30th! Our interns have the unique opportunity of working with families of children with cancer, children who have died at a young age, and other individuals in need. As an intern, you will interview these families and children, collect photos, make books, spread awareness of our organization through social media, and assist with grants and community projects. This internship opportunity has flexible hours, a variety of work experience, and inspiring stories that will touch your life forever. If you are self-motivated, love children, and enjoy working with people, we would love having you as a part of our team! For consideration, please submit an application form at www.mystorymatters.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Interested in a volunteer opportunity? My Story Matters has an upcoming Angel Series event and we need your help! Our Angel Series is dedicated to preserving the memory of the lives of children who have passed away. Volunteers will be helping the families create their books about their child. You will interview families about their children and help them upload pictures for the books. The event is on Tuesday, March 11th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in Salt Lake. You will also have to commit to go to a training session on Saturday, March 8th at 9am. To sign up, go to mystorymatters.org!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Caitlin Hall, but I almost everyone calls me Caiti. I have a friend that calls me Connecticut, parents that call me Caiti Lady, an Aunt that calls me Caiti Rai, a nephew that calls me Cay-yee, and a boss that calls me Hall. Basically, I’ll answer to anything!
Where you are from?
I’m from Hurricane, Utah- the “Gateway to the Parks” in Southern Utah- born and raised. If you’ve ever been to Zion National Park, chances are that you drove through Hurricane to get there! It’s beautiful, sunny, and warm and I absolutely love it down there!
What does your family consist of?
I’m the middle of 5 children. I’ve got two older brothers, a younger sister, and a younger brother. My oldest brother lives in San Jose, California, with his fantastic wife and two adorable children and I LOVE to visit! They moved there early spring of 2013 and I think I’ve already visited 5 or 6 times. If I could, I would visit every weekend! My brother just older than me lives in Provo with his wife and they are both going to BYU, so we’re lucky enough to have Sunday dinners together! My little sister is living in St. George and working as a nanny, and my little brother is in high school and has followed in my footsteps by playing trombone in the school band! My parents are the absolute best and I’m so grateful to them for raising me to be independent and strong in both religion and academics.
Where do you go to school? What is your major?
I am currently attending UVU, and I am almost done! I am finishing up my last semester before I graduate with my Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology. I’m not sure what the future holds for me after graduation, but a job I would enjoy is working with pre-school age children as a development specialist.
Have you had any life changing opportunities in your life time? Or any experiences that have helped shaped you to be the person you are today that has helped you with this internship?
As far as life-changing opportunities go, working with My Story Matters is pretty close to the top of the list. Talking with these families is changing the way that I see all of those around me. It’s true that every person’s life is an intricate story and we literally cannot judge anyone’s book by its cover. The strength that I sense in these families is encouraging to me. I find that I am less likely to complain about little things going wrong in my life when I stop to consider how blessed I am.
I first volunteered with My Story Matters when we went to the Road Home Shelter last year. I helped to interview the kids and take them around to the various photo stations. Some of these families had been struggling for a long, long time. One of the families that I helped mentioned that they had never had a family photo before that day. I was so glad that we were able not only to take a picture of their family, but to put it into a book full of pictures for each of their children. It was so refreshing to take a day to give back, and this internship with My Story Matters is giving me a chance to do that more and more often.
Monday, February 24, 2014
My Story Matters is committed to giving the gift of story to individuals in need by publishing uplifting, inspiring, and motivational stories of faith, courage, and talent for individuals who could not otherwise do so for themselves.
As an intern for My Story Matters, I get to personally work with those individuals. Soon I get to work with my older brother and his wife and give them the gift of story. The story of their little boy.
His story is a heart-wrenching story.
About 9 months ago my brother and his wife found out they were expecting a baby. Everyone was thrilled at the news! It would be their first child and they were eager, excited parents. Our family knew they would make great parents.
About three months into the pregnancy, they received the news. They found out they were having a boy. A boy who had anencephaly. Which meant he did not have a brain. The doctors said he probably would not last long after birth. They left the doctor’s office with broken, devastated hearts.
Six months later, their precious little boy was born. He lived a whole hour surrounded by the love of his family. He was a precious angel and a gift to us all.
A week later we had his funeral. It was sad to see this precious little boy being buried. But with our faith in God, we were strengthened.
With the grievance process, I have been given the opportunity to make this dear little nephew a book, created through the services of My Story Matters. My Story Matters is committed to help others by uplifting and motivating them with faith and courage by giving them a book of their own. They help with the healing process. But it is not only a healing process they offer, but also a process of love. And this is exactly what my family needs at this time.
My Story Matters will create my nephews story within the Angel Series. “[The] Angel Series is dedicated to preserving the life story of those sweet spirits who left this earth at a young age. Although their stay [… is] brief they definitely leave a lasting impression on all those they came in contact with” (http://www.mystorymatters.org/the-angel-series/).
This is exactly what my nephew has done. He has made a “lasting impression” on his family. His story is a story to be told. A story to be preserved. This is what My Story Matters is committed to do.
If you know of others with similar experiences, please don’t hesitate to nominate them on our website at: http://www.mystorymatters.org/nomination_form_check.php .
Thursday, February 20, 2014
"Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday."
It's hard to imagine being the one to hear the news. There is never a perfect way to receive the news of a possibly terminal illness. Each child and each family affected are at different stages when hit with this blow. Some children are diagnosed before they can walk! Some, just before their 12th birthday. Others find out after going in for a seemingly routine check-up. Regardless of the timing, each child has a different story about fighting the way through their hard time. Each child deserves for that story to be told!
Here at My Story Matters, we want to help each of these fighters to have a storybook of their very own to read and to show to others, helping them to share what makes them different from those around them. The only trouble is, we can only help those that we are aware of! Sadly, cancer affects many children, but that also means that there is most likely at least one child that you know that would benefit from a book about their journey. Our volunteers are ready and excited to work with these families.
If a child came to mind while reading this, My Story Matters is excited to be of service. There is absolutely no charge to the family and it is a gift that will long be remembered. It is amazingly simple to nominate someone that you know to receive a book. Click on this link to be taken to the nomination page of the My Story Matters website: NOMINATION FORM