Today, teens are building their resumes at younger and younger ages, and that’s a good thing. Even if their parents have an eye on college applications, there is a huge benefit to involving young people in community service. For those kids, adult involvement in community service will come naturally.
For me, community service came later in life...
When I was starting my career, I remember hoping to one day be wealthy so that I could donate huge amounts to charitable organizations. Fortunately, rather than waiting for “someday” to come, I learned how much of a difference I could make by donating time and energy to good causes and people in need.I’ve gotten involved in many activities in my community over the past 10 years, and it has been an extremely enjoyable and fulfilling experience!
For example, this year I committed to be part of a fundraiser for the third year called Ladies Night In featuring Wine, Women & Shoes (a theme I brought to the event) to raise money for our local hospitial Eagle Ridge Hospitial Foundation and BC Cancer. My own business is busier then it's ever been but because I made the commitment, I make it work into my schedule.
We’re all busy with the things that we decide are priorities for us. If you make a commitment, then it instantly becomes a priority, and that is probably the best way to get started. My whole family is now volunteering at the event!
After a recent event I volunteered at a woman came to me and said, “I’m recently widowed, I’m retiring soon, and I hope to implement some of your ideas to be happier. My big challenge is what I’m going to do with my time.”
I told her to commit some time to volunteering—that it would get her out with other people, which would help her well-being, and that she’d enjoy the gratification that comes from helping others. She walked away excited about my suggestion.