This article was published as part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who give back in their communities.

 

Lynn Miller is the Chief Executive Camper at Eagle Rock Camp.  She was born in Alabama, grew up in Michigan and raised her children in Southwest Virginia.  Lynn built an award winning career in the Staffing Industry.  As an Adecco Franchisee, she quickly became the largest female owned and second largest franchise group in the company, with over $15mm annual revenues.  Most recently, Lynn’s career has been in the career coaching field, developing curriculum and teaching for Patriots Path, an organization designed to aid transitioning military as they develop their civilian career path.   Her non-profit work includes serving on Non-Profit Boards that include Chambers of Commerce, American Diabetes Association, Workforce Development Committee and the Executive Board Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Lynn currently serves as Founder and CEO of Eagle Rock Camp and Co-Founder of Patriots Path.

Read the following interview with Lynn to learn more about what inspires her work and giving.


How do you give back?

I am the "Chief volunteer" of an all volunteer organization that reconnects military families by hosting holistic retreats that are therapeutic, build spiritual resiliency and strong family bonds. 
 

What inspired you to start giving?

With over 2.7 million servicemen/women deployed since 9/11, the need is great to help them reconnect. When our military serves, their families serve along side them. Their families are hurting and need help getting ?back to normal". 
 

What does giving mean to you? 

It is my way of giving back to our military families - those who have given so very much so that we can live peacefully in America. 
 

What would you tell others (women and men) who are looking to start giving back?  Share a  piece of advice will help them get started.

Find a cause that is near and dear to your heart. Reach out, take that first step. If you are nervous about it, start small. Volunteer for an hour, then two, then.....
 

Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.

My favorite moment was after one of our retreats when a medically retired Marine called to tell me that we not only saved his marriage and family, we also saved his life. He was having ideations of suicide and we gave him the tools and coaching to turn around his thinking. Cannot begin to describe how rewarding this work is. We are blessed to know and serve our military families!