Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Giving back to the community by giving the gift of life

I grew up in a family that always helped others. My mother always said "if you ever feel sorry for yourself or are feeling down, look outside yourself and help others". It is still good advice.

It has always been important for me to give back to the community. I have been doing volunteer work for a number of non-profits over the years. It is personally rewarding for me to help others. In addition to volunteer work I have enjoyed helping young people that are pursuing a career in my same field. I have been fortunate to help others with both their job skills and career paths.

However, we live very busy lives and taking time out to serve on a non-profit board or committee is not always possible.

Just what can you do that's convenient and flexible?

Well a super easy way to do community service is to give blood. I have been giving blood every couple of month at the San Diego Blood Bank for many years. It's fast, easy and can be scheduled when it's convenient. You are helping others and it brings a sense of satisfaction. It's also fun to check their website and see your donation grow. They also have great SWAG for giving blood like jackets, hats, bags and movie tickets.

Try it out and see how good it feels, that is once you get past the needle stick!