Happy 2012 – a little late, but it never hurts to start the year off with a bang. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? If you are one of the millions of people who set out January 1 ready to lose weight, be more responsible financially, or spend more time with your kids, you’re not alone. So many of us have New Year’s Resolutions to do something better for ourselves. Why haven’t we taken the time to think about doing something for someone else? How many times do you hear someone say, “I’d like to be more charitable this year.” or “I’m going to make a conscious effort to spend more time helping others.” I would say it doesn’t happen very often. So, here’s to you, find that organization that pulls those heart strings. Help someone who is in greater need than you. Volunteer to read at a children’s home. Spend Thanksgiving helping at a Soup Kitchen. Instead of donating $1 per paycheck, make it $2. I promise it will add up.
Some of the best ways to find Charitable organizations near you:
- Google – it’s your search engine for everything else, why not start here?
- Community Foundations/United Ways etc. – These types of organizations have solid volunteer and donation plans in place.
- Friends and Family Members or Colleagues – Find out what organizations they donate to or volunteer for. Ask if you can join them. Perhaps ask your boss to do a “team building” activity that benefits a local charitable cause.
As for me, I of course want to lose weight. But, I also resolved to be more charitable. In addition to being active with the Interactive Intelligence Foundation I have found a few organizations that I believe are worthy of my time and money.
As for you, find something that makes you smile and warms your heart. Chances are it will make others smile and warm their heart too.
Here’s to a Fulfilling 2012!