There’s something about volunteering and charity that gives more meaning and fulfillment to life. You get to meet others and see a better side of people and society. On the personal side, I work with charities and volunteer organizations, be it serving on advisory councils to tap into my marketing, writing, or management background or just when they need some heavy lifting. I am also a proud member of the Instron C3 group (which stands for “Community Connection Committee”) with the mission statement of “Making a measurable difference in our community by extending awareness about local needs and providing opportunities for Instron employees to help and serve”. We do the monetary campaigns, e.g. the One Fund Boston for those affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, as well as “Days of Caring” where people can donate time and skills. We also work very closely with The United Way - we received the Cornerstone Award for our overall contribution to the United Way of Tri-County in 2013. It's wonderful to learn how many caring people I work with (many unassumingly).
Change this paradigm, change the world.
Many of us are brought up to be self-centered, always asking “What’s in it for me?” and “Looking out for #1”. If we change this paradigm, we change the world. Practice random acts of kindness. Pay it forward. Never look down at anyone unless you are helping them up. Do something good without expecting anything back – and you will definitely receive more than you give.
Remember that kindness and compassion do not have to be organized activities. Nor do you have to have a lot of (or any) money. It can be just a "little thing". See the video below to understand.