Growing up my mother instilled the importance of giving back to those less fortunate. Sure I donated money to organizations that I believed in, volunteered hours for certain community service projects, and participated in many walks for cancer. This was something that I did with my family and extremely proud of them for giving back.
Through college I still donated to charities, attend special events/fundraisers, even planned a few with the assistance of classmates and on-campus organizations. However; I never felt satisfied with what I was doing, and I continually questioned "why aren't I doing more?" For a long time I believed I needed the money to actually make a difference. Boy was I wrong and my first encounter was a job right out of college, a recruiter for "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" hosted by The American Cancer Society. I was lucky to know a college graduate from my Alma mater (Johnson & Wales University) who took me under her wing ( Thank you Colleen!) Can't forget the amazing crew I worked with: Kristyn Noren, Mary Sallas & Wendy Glick to name a few. They showed me it as more than money but it was heart, compassion, and focusing on what you can do! Even though we have all moved on I know that where ever I land up I will have amazing friends.
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon Carolynn Cecilia's blog: the Anchor and the Bird where she is writing about a wonderful project she is currently working on; The Days of Deeds Project. In this project she proves the point that it is extremely easy to give back and make a difference in our own backyard. I hope to follow in her footsteps and try some of the great deeds she has done.
You don't need money to make a difference, so get out there and do something, anything small or big just give back!!