At 6:15 AM yesterday, I walked out of my home an hour and a half before I usually do. Why? Because I had agreed to volunteer on the Bull City Breakfast for Scouting’s committee. Why? Two reasons. First, there are children who need assistance paying for programs like this and I believe that the dollars raised at the breakfast play a pivotal role in that. Secondly, experience on a résumé is not just professional experience. Outside of my 8-5, I volunteer in numerous capacities, from working with young people at my elementary school to doing marketing for my church to sitting on finance and fundraising committees for local organizations.
Gifts, both of time and treasure, are of the utmost importance to me. I don’t care what anyone says about the selflessness that goes into giving money and time away, it is one of the most selfish things I can do and do you know why? Not because of the connections I make or the token gifts that I receive for volunteering. I give back because the feeling that I get when I know what I’ve helped someone is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
We all have the capacity to give something. If you don’t have money, you have time. If you don’t have money or time, you have kindness.
Make giving back a priority.