I was catching up on my reading the other day and I came upon an interesting article about a busy career-minded woman who wanted to find a unique way to give back to her community. She really wanted to make her mark, and tie something into the fact that she was turning 40. How could she make a difference in her 40th year?
The answer wasn’t just one way. It was in 40 different ways! She gave back in ways that ranged from thanking a soldier for their service, to paying for groceries for the person in line with food stamps, to hailing a cab and paying the fare while on a trip in NYC. Not only did she achieve her goal, but she enjoyed giving so much, that she decided that from now on she would carry on the tradition as she aged. What a great way to give back!
This got me thinking about a few things that make it challenging to give back. Finding the right opportunity to give back as a whole family, how to get engaged based on your age, and how to find something to do for busy professionals. There are three great resources out there to help.
1. How does a whole family get involved with volunteering? Even with young kids? TheVolunteerFamily.org can help find organizations across the US that are willing to embrace a family unit for a volunteer opportunity.
2. What do the teenage-early 20 somethings do about finding ways to give back? Turn to technology for a match. vinspired a web site (and Android app!) that allows the age 14-20 something set to pair themselves with volunteer opportunities.
3. For those who are super-busy balancing work and home life (like myself!) there is Sparked.com a great site where you share details about yourself and are paired with volunteer opportunities to match.
What are some of the creative ways that you’ve found to give back?