What Are You Doing to Give Back?

Work and life balance is important, but I think there is a third element that needs to be considered and that is community.

When I first started my career, I didn’t make much money. Paying my bills was a struggle. I became quite adept at floating funds to keep checks from bouncing. There was no point in asking me to give to a charitable cause.

What I could contribute was time. And I did. In high school I volunteered at a local museum as a tour guide. I was helping the community, and I was developing my public speaking skills and my confidence grew. Later, I delivered meals for Meals on Wheels. I loved chatting with the people I met along my route. We brightened each other’s day. I also coordinated a volleyball team for inner city girls. It wasn’t about winning; it was about self-esteem and self confidence.

Now, I find I have less time, and a bit more money so I contribute to causes that touch me. They’re focused on literacy, children and seniors. I also support the arts and botanical gardens because they are passions of mine.

I still give of my time. I serve on a mentoring board and chair the PR committee. And I’m on the board of NFPW.

I’ve been blessed and it feels good to give back whether it is with a gift of time or a financial gift.

What are you doing to give back?

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3 thoughts on “What Are You Doing to Give Back?

  1. Marilyn Seitz says:

    To whom much is given, much is expected. You have been blessed in so many ways…….good to know you are still giving back. Good blog!

    • Thanks Marilyn. I had great role models in teachers and professors who demonstrated the importance of passing it on. And while you may not have been one of my formal teachers, you still taught me.

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