It’s 3:21 a.m (EST) and I’m awake. I’m WIDE AWAKE, having drifted blissfully off to sleep a mere four hours ago. 

For whatever reason, my mind has immediately gone toward The Forgotten Louisville. This organization is doing amazing things for the homeless and less fortunate populations of our fair city.

“The Forgotten Louisville is made up of many volunteers from various backgrounds but we all have one thing in common, our love for people. The hurting, the addicted, the lost, the lonely, and homeless. We hit the streets every Wednesday night taking food and supplies to feed, clothe, warm up or cool down depending the season. More importantly we are building relationships!” — Christen Bradshaw Herron

So, what does this have to do with traffic management?

A few months ago, a friend of mine was collecting winter clothing for The Forgotten. Wanting to help her, I reached out to co-workers, family, friends — anyone who’d listen — and I gathered as many items as possible. I used my God-given talent for organization and encouragement to make an impact in my community. You can do the same.

I encourage you to take a moment to look deeper into the world outside the walls of your agency. Where can YOU make a difference? Which organization(s) could benefit from your talent as a Traffic Manager — your skills for keeping things moving, your impact as an encourager, your drive to make things happen?

Back to The Forgotten. Did you think I’d “forgotten” (pun intended)? See what I did there — “Forgotten,” “forgotten.” It’s the wee hours of the morning, cut me some slack.

Over the days and weeks ahead, I intend to continue supporting this wonderful organization and the people it serves. I may even drag an Art Director who shares my passion into helping design promotional materials for them (after work hours, of course). Being in an agency environment, the possibilities (and creativity) are endless!

How will YOU use your traffic skills to make a difference?

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