Monday, February 28, 2011

Have A Cause...

Many women, in all walks of life, have taken it upon themselves to volunteer their time and join organizations with philanthropic aims. Aside from the obvious fact that helping others is a good thing, it is also beneficial to step outside of our own existence and be a part of something larger than ourselves.

With websites like Volunteer Match and many others, it's easy to find something that appeals to your strengths. If you like to be outdoors, consider volunteering with a forest restoration project. Love working with children? Volunteer at your local elementary school or be a Big Sister or Mentor to a child in need. It's a great way to test out potential career paths, meet new people and to strengthen and beautify your community.

For this week: Volunteer to help someone in need. While a more formal organization might not be able to employ you this week, look for ways in which you can ease the burden of someone within your community immediately. Offer a ride, babysit, take over a meal, lend a hand. Getting involved helps you see the bigger picture and helps you remember what kind of person you are.

For added points: Combine this with the first task, and don't tell a soul about your good deeds. Another secret with yourself about knowing your value without proclaiming it will go a long way in changing the way you carry yourself and the impact you have on others.

Gracy Kelly - founder of Association Mondiale des Amis de L'Enfance, helping children around the world.

Audrey Hepburn - worked tirelessly with UNICEF, became a Goodwill Ambassador, launched UNICEF's "STATE OF THE WORLD'S CHILDREN" reports

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - assisted with American Association of Maternal and Infant Health, the American Cancer Society, and the Girl Scouts

Lady Diana - Donated and assisted the National Aids Trust, International Red Cross and Crescent, The Leprosy Mission, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Centrepoint, English National Ballet

1 comment:

  1. Love this Jessica! I am very involved in the community and give back whenever I can. You never know what the path will lead you to and I love that!