About Our Chapter
At Chicktime, volunteers strive to help young ladies who have been through adversity find a proper perspective. Often hardship causes people to lose sight of our potential and they give up on their dreams. Young women who are trying to weather the severe storms in their life often can’t see that better days are ahead. They can’t see how their life could be any different, and so they give up in defeat. The volunteers at Chicktime help these young women see and believe that good things can and do happen, even when it seems impossible.
Growing up in a life of dysfunction it often feels like one has no worth, or that one’s life could never really amount to much. A person may start settling for less than they deserve and are capable of. No one tells them that life’s difficulties can prepare them for an extraordinary future if they do not allow themselves to be defeated by their trials. People who lose sight of their dreams often make others lose sight of theirs. Our volunteers want to counteract all of the negativity being hurled at these girls and make sure they know they have amazing potential. We can’t fix their past, but we can speak life into their future. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. These young women need to hear that.
At Chicktime, we are not trying to discount the painful experiences in a young woman’s life, but we are trying to be there for her, encourage her, and help her to see these experiences as lessons that can help her grow. Everyone needs someone in their corner cheering them on and rooting for them. We want to be that for the ladies at Elks Aidmore.
We encourage girls to not let their struggle be their identity. American writer, Nora Ephron said, “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” We don’t want girls to give up and blame their lack of fulfilling their potential on things that were out of their control. Instead, we want to encourage them to be strong women who achieve great things despite the trials they have faced.
The women at Chicktime have their own stories of overcoming struggles to be where they are today. By sharing their stories with the young women they volunteer with, they give them hope and a sense of community. The girls feel like they are not alone. This happens through continuing to show up every month. We are consistent. The girls see that we care. They open up to us and allow us to love them. We celebrate their progress and remind them of how far they have come. The reason most people give up is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go to reach their goals. We never want them to forget about the progress they have made.
I joined Chicktime because I wanted to help girls who are facing similar hardships that I faced when I was young. God brought me through my storms and I know He can bring them through theirs. I want to spend the rest of my life helping girls realize that truth. I share the sentiments of author Erma Bombeck who said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” May that be true of me as well.
We would love for you to join us on our journey to add love and joy to the lives of these children. Our volunteers are what keeps our chapter going and that is why we need you too! If you’re interested in becoming a member or receiving event invitations, select the “Join a Chapter” link and then click GA- Conyers.
Conyers Chicktime was founded in 2017 by Chari Anderson with a vision to provide an avenue where women can come together and make a difference in their local community. It was Chari’s hope to connect with the youth on a regular basis which is essential to build rapport and trust. Her goal was to create an atmosphere full of happiness, joy, and camaraderie through service. The beauty of giving with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of youth is a gift to be treasured. Chari believed it is truly a blessing to take part in experiencing the joy of watching young people come alive when they are given the chance to learn and share with women who genuinely care about their physical as well as emotional well-being. When we do our part in service there is no limit to the lasting impact that can be made in the lives of young people as well as in our own.