Agents of Change First Dinner

Agent of Change: Lisa Parks Ferro

Businesses in capitalist countries have one goal; compete against other business.

This means whatever it takes to make more money and more customers than the competition. In order to achieve this, businesses have to hire great employees and services and help people only because they have to.

Luckily, there are some business owners that help people not because they have to, but because they want to. We are honored to be working with one of them. Her name is Lisa and she is a small business owner for a Real Estate Lending company in Northern California called The Blue Waters Group

Donating your time every week to OAAT is a big commitment. Why is giving back so important to you?

“Honestly, giving back is super important to me and I have always been affiliated with some type of charity. I am on the board for the Folsom Lake chapter of the Rotary Foundation (a huge charitable foundation). Charity foundations are important to me because I do feel like if everybody could just give a little bit back, even an hour a week, the world would be so much better; and if I can make the time and donate a little bit of money not just to benefit myself, but to benefit the rest of the community, I can pass that along and make people’s lives better.”

Lisa makes a good point here; whenever we help someone, the world is in a better place. At the end of the day, as long as you put in your effort and do your part, you have impacted the world in a positive way. This makes sense because in our lives there have been times when we’ve needed help; whether it be financially, emotionally, etc.

For some of us, fortunately, someone came along, and due to their help, we were steered in the right direction, which makes the world a much better place. Another benefit of helping others is that the person receiving the help can continue to spread that positivity to others, which brings the positive energy forward.

Here at OAAT, we want to be positive role models to the children and families we sponsor so that we can continue spreading awareness on how helping one another can make the world a better place.

What is your biggest obstacle you face in your personal life?

“My biggest obstacle I would say was that when I was five years old, my mother left. I grew up with basically a mom that was homeless and a drug abuser. That was a real challenge for me going into adulthood and having my own child.”

Lisa later states, “Honestly it made me a better mom and a better person coming from that place of understanding because I did end up having a relationship with my mom when I was older, and then she later passed away. I had to find it in myself to be compassionate to somebody that never really gave me anything. I had to turn around and take care of her and be compassionate and loving. I feel really good about it.”

From this response, it is rare to hear about person A helping person B despite person B never helping person A in the first place, but what a beautiful outcome to admire.

Sometimes we aren’t dealt the cards we would have chosen, but it’s up to us to make the best of them and do our part to better the situation.

Lisa is a prime example of someone who not only does her part but is completely passionate about it. It is amazing how far helping someone can go; sometimes even healing the wounds of your past, your present, and your future. Here at OAAT, it is our mission to help one child, one family, and one person at a time, and by doing so, we truly believe the world will continue to become a better place.


*If you’re interested in working with Campaign One At A Time as a volunteer or as part of our real estate industry Agent of Change program, please visit either page for more information or contact our support team at (916) 300-1593.

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