Why Give? Because Influence Can Effect an Individual and Change a Community!
It was the summer of my Sophomore year in college. I was coming off tour with my band, grieving the loss of my mother's death and reading an email about acceptance into a new class next semester. The class was called Caregivers At Risk and this was a season that I needed care. I didn't know how I was offered this class, but it was free, so I gladly accepted! This was an invitation to be an active part of a group facilitated by psychologist, Dr. David Scolforo. We met weekly and took a deep dive into learning about ourselves and others. The group was a safe place to explore the need to respect ourselves and others, set appropriate boundaries, recognize our own limits, and in doing so prevent professional burnout.
Over a decade later I had the opportunity to lead groups very similar to this with teens, college aged students, adults, couples, families, and organizations. I had no idea the profound impact this small class would have on my life years later. It hit me the day I wrote this note to my former college professor 15 years later, the year of his retirement.
Getting involved often leads to giving back.
How Have You Been Influenced?
Here are a Few Ways to Give and Create Change in Your Community:
-Identify how to contribute toward others based upon current needs and your personal mission.
-Engage in your life's work! According to Gallup*, people engaged in their careers are 20-30% more likely to give back to their community!
-Share with others your passions and interests and ask people to connect you with similar groups and causes.
-Opt into a community group or event. Even if you start small, start now.
We Give because our influence can effect an individual momentarily and a community for generations to come.
Rath, T., & Harter, J. K. (2010). Well-being: The five essential elements. New York, N.Y.: Gallup.