Being of service to others and other organizations allows us to get outside of ourselves. We strive outwardly for others and in doing so, we realize that there are so many with needs that outweigh our own. Also, when we are concentrating on others and their needs, we tend to not think as much of our own troubles.
Serving with our time, talents, and finances is instrumental in the success of a non-profit organization. Our special abilities, dedication, and monetary support keeps the charity going in ways that it could not otherwise function.
Improvement of ourselves and the organizations we serve results from serving others. We would / should never give just to receive something in return, but
often those who serve receive much more personally than those that they
New friends will be developed from serving others through their volunteers, board, supporters, or those who are being helped. And, yes, there are personal monetary returns via the tax code when you give goods and finances to approved non-profit organizations.
Where do we serve, then? There are so many needs, but only so much of ourselves to go around. First, take an inventory of what you have to offer. Is it your intellect? Maybe a strong back? Maybe a huge bank account? Maybe it is your encouraging personality, organizational skills, mentoring abilities, or your
life experiences that you can give to others to benefit their needs. Utilize a close friend or loved one to assist you in evaluating what gifts you have to share.
Once you decide what you can give, determine how much of your gift you can and will be able to give. We all have other obligations that we have to perform – family, job, household, etc., so these will take from your time and efforts that you can exert toward the entity you are wanting to serve. The last thing you want to do is to over commit, leaving your home life and the organization suffering from you being over-extended.
From there, find the organizations and needs that match up to your skills, time, money and investigate those organizations through their social media, websites, functions, current volunteers, and their board. Many of this information can
be found online, but you may have to make some telephone calls.
Once you find the organizations that need your help, dive in, and realize that you can and will make a difference! After all, life is finite, but by investing ourselves in others and other causes, our actions can live on for years to