Friday, September 10, 2010

Giving Back

We get so busy with life at times we forget to take a second to recognize just how fortunate we are. The closet filled with clothes to keep us warm, some of which we haven't even touched. The car that transports us from our home sweet home to any desired destination. The food to stop our hunger. The family that loves us to no end. The friends that are our crying shoulder. Our education, some of which is paid in full by our government. A plush bed to lay in. The luxury of having a cellphone or a laptop, convenient but far from necessary things. The list goes on and on.
We are all very blessed indeed. God has given us so much. But there are people out there less fortunate than us. People that need love. People that need help. That's where we come in. To be another compassionate human being and tend to our fellow brothers/sisters in need. It's time for us to give back to our community. Did you ever want to help the community, but didn't know where to start? Did you ever feel like you can't make a difference? Did you ever feel as if you don't have time? Maybe you just never gave it any thought? I want to tell you that it's never too late. Make time to be the difference in your community. Though you are just one person, you are enough. You are one person cheering up a sick child, or visiting an elderly. You are one person packing food for the homeless or cleaning up the soup kitchen. You are one person, one agent of love, one agent of peace, one agent of joy, you are one agent of change.

Here are some volunteer ideas and organizations you can check out 8)
Nursing Homes
Soup Kitchens
Food Banks
Volunteers of America
Hands on Baton Rouge
(they have a calendar filled with different projects you can sign up for)
Volunteers in Public School Systems
(one on one tutoring with students that are struggling with their grade level expectations, meet once weekly)
Adult Literary Advocates (225) 383-1090
(Pair up with one adult, usually an immigrant, that is trying to learn English)
Volunteer LSU

If you feel there is just no way you can set some time aside for the people that need your help in the community, please donate. Besides the wonderful people that give their time are the generous people that offer their money to support these organizations.

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Anonymous said...

This is so close to my heart... We need to have this before us day and night! Great post. :)

Phamtastic said...

thank's good to know someone out there agrees 8)