TurnTable Topics: Guest Whitney Parnell (CEO of Service Never Sleeps)
Whitney grew up between Latin America and West Africa as the daughter of a Foreign Service Officer. At Washington University in St. Louis, Whitney doubled majored in English and Spanish, and minored in Communications and Journalism, during which she also embraced her calling as a “professional humanitarian.” Whitney’s passion for service and social justice brought her to Washington, DC to serve with City Year, and then work in homeless services. Whitney is excited to create a movement of service and allies by igniting quick social change through mass civic engagement.
It is 10pm.
We prepare for bed as the woman fears that her husband’s bad day will bring another night of abuse.
We read to our children and as they fall asleep another child struggles against the pain of an empty stomach.
We crawl into our warm beds as the man on the corner shivers as he looks for a spot to safely spend the night.
We pull at our blankets for comfort as the teen shamefully keeps his depression secret between the sheets.
We drift off to sleep as a military spouse lies anxiously awake next to an empty space, feeling so alone.
The woman, the child, the man, the teen, the spouse…Each has a story. And it matters.
If and individual went to bed amidst the current state of social injustice, and a fraction of society committed to serving in one small way, that same individual would awaken from a full night’s sleep to witness a tremendous change.