“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Ghandi
Imagine you are at Thanksgiving dinner and instead of being asked by a doting relative, “How’s work going?” you’re asked, “How’s your volunteer service going?”
Volunteerism can be the powerful tool that becomes a moving agent of change. If we made volunteerism part of our culture, could we strengthen our communities locally and globally? I believe we could. When we connect the people that want to help with the people who need the help, it’s a win-win.
Last year, I watched three telethons in awe. Hope for Haiti Now, Stand Up 2 Cancer and Gulf Aid brought together people who want to help with people who need it. The entertainment community gathered in all their glamour and star power to connect with millions of people for the philanthropic purpose to raise funds to help a worthy cause. Anyone who manned a phone or made a donation on one of those nights, also helped produce a collective measurable difference. In fact, the $58 million raised that for Haiti that one evening and the few days after, established a new benchmark for donations made by individuals during a relief telethon. Whether it was for Haiti’s recovery, advancing cancer research, or helping Gulf victims, these events raised millions to make a difference.
The Brain and Volunteering
Times are tighter than they’ve been in the past, but getting involved in global and local issues are just as important for so many personal reasons. Volunteering goes beyond the beneficiaries gain and benefits the volunteer. Volunteering has the ability to give back on other levels. Did you know that volunteering can have a direct effect on the chemicals of the brain. Here’s an article about how giving back to your community can slow the aging process and lead to a higher quality of life.
10 Reasons to Volunteer (besides turbo charging your brain):
1. Make new friends
2. Explore career and personal interests
3. Earn great recommendations for future employment or college applications
4. Develop marketable job skills
5. Build your resume
6. Enrich your education
7. Uncover hidden skills and talents
8. Increase your self-confidence
9. Have fun
10. Make a difference
“Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk,
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk,
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread,
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody.” ~ Bob Dylan
So, who are you gonna serve?