Your Age as a Guide for Giving

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? 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 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?



About Denise Meyer

I joined Interactive Intelligence in 2007, and am currently the Social Media Communications Manager, where I oversee the company’s global social media program. I have over twelve years of experience in Marketing for High Tech companies. Prior to joining Interactive Intelligence I was employed by Polycom, where I held a variety of roles in Marketing Communications, Services Marketing and Educational Services. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Passionate about volunteerism, I’m currently the Chair of the publicity and promotions committee for the Interactive Intelligence Foundation, and an auction co-chair for Gala. I’m also a founding member of the young professional leadership group, the Horizon Council, at the Conner Prairie History Museum in Fishers, Indiana where I chair the engagement committee.

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