This week I spoke with Jasmine Morrissette, the Administrative Assistant at Real Life Church in Laconia, and the secretary of the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force.
Jasmine grew up in the Lakes Region and decided to stay in New Hampshire after high school. When I asked her why she decided to stay, work, and play in New Hampshire she said: “I love being out on Lake Winnipesaukee, snowboarding at Gunstock, hiking in the White Mountains, trail running in the Lakes Region, shopping at the Conway Outlets or Hearts and Hands Thrift Store in Meredith, watching the sunset in Portsmouth, going to restaurants, especially Ellacoya Barn & Grille and Gilford and the Italian Farmhouse in Plymouth, finding new coffee shops, exploring all the charming towns and cities of NH. I love to be active in every season, taking advantage of every beautiful thing that each has to offer from the fall foliage, to spring flower fields, summer lake days, and snowy mountains. I love it all and try to spend as much time outside as possible, and New Hampshire is the place to do it.”
Jasmine first got the volunteering bug her freshman year of high school and instantly got involved in the school’s Interact Club, a service club sponsored by the local Rotary Club. In high school, Jasmine completed thousands of hours of service to her community and knew she wanted to lead a life of service. She became active in the community’s Breast Cancer Research fundraisers and helped out with numerous local agencies. Since graduating last June, Jasmine has become a volunteer with Make-A-Wish New Hampshire and joined the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force.
Since the start of the COVID pandemic, Jasmine has been helping Make-A-Wish New Hampshire put together hope baskets, she plans to take a more active role with the organization once it is safe to do so. Recently Jasmine went on a shopping spree and donated hundreds of dollars of items to the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, the Belknap House in Laconia, and Waypoint. She donated baby food, canned food, household items, art supplies, undergarments, blankets, feminine products, vitamins, and gift cards to gas stations and supermarkets.
After learning about human trafficking through her service club in high school, Jasmine jumped at the chance to help be apart of raising awareness and ending it! She joined the NH Task Force, where she works with local police and those involved in the law and child welfare efforts.
Jasmine has been honored for her work in the community by being named the Lakes Region Spirit of Hope and Kindness 2020 recipient and honored by Rotary International with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow.
When I asked Jasmine, what advice she’d give young professionals looking to give back, she said:
Everyone can serve, no matter what season you are in, there is a way to give back. Regardless of how much time, money, or talents, you can do something really impactful with your life. There is no right time or perfect circumstances to start serving others, it is just a choice you make every day to put others above yourself and share your heart and whatever resources you have to make our world a little brighter and warmer for people. Do not underestimate the power a small, simple act of kindness can have on someone. Sometimes those sincere gestures go the furthest in people’s lives and make them feel seen, valued, and loved. All you need to do is have a caring spirit and the rest will work itself out because there are so many opportunities waiting for a kind person to come along and lend a helping hand.”
“Never underestimate that a small dedicated group of individuals can change the world.”
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own backyards!