This month, Little Rock Soirée focuses on taking care of yourself and the people you love. While copy editing this issue, there was one interview that made me say, “Jake, come listen to this story! It’s incredible.”
Bailey Faulkner, Director of Ozark Mission Project, told Soirée about the project’s mission, challenges, and how people can get involved. By working with local youth groups, Ozark Mission Project serves surrounding communities through physical labor: repairing porches, painting houses, mowing lawns, and the like.
But while the project has helped many struggling single moms, retirees, and disabled persons, there is one story that has really stayed with Bailey:
“One of our youth teams built a wheelchair ramp for an elderly woman that lived by herself. She wasn’t able to get out of her house on her own and relied on her family and neighbors to assist her. That lady called to let me know that her house caught on fire, and the wheelchair ramp we built shaved her life.”
If you’re interested in making this kind of difference, call 501–664–3232 or visit OzarkMissionProject.org.
My first “big girl” job was working as a contract technical writer for Dassault Falcon Jet. And while I am incredibly grateful for that opportunity, I realized that working for a company that manufactures luxury aircraft for the rich and famous (think Taylor Swift and John Travolta) was not keeping my passions alive. Freelance copy editing, from the beginning, allowed me to feel like I was putting good back into the world.
Copy editing for nonfiction writers allowed me to motivate authors who had been dreaming of publishing their writing for years.
Copy editing for small business owners allowed me to support small businesses more than just once a year on Small Business Saturday.
Copy editing for job seekers allowed me to help people portray their experiences, achievements, and skills on paper.
I choose to work with clients with missions that I am personally invested in, which provides me with greater motivation and a sense of purpose. I not only want to succeed in providing you with a more readable and correct product, but I want to see you succeed in your work.
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.