December 2019 Director’s Note

I have been asked by many individuals why I work so hard and put in so many hours as the Director of the Senior Center. I believe that living on a farm during my childhood had a lot to do with the work ethic I have today. I learned to help those who can’t help themselves, or have the ability to know they need help. I came across an article on “Why Giving Back is important” written by a Media professional, senior writer and blogger at Educor Holdings which provides insight on what drives some individuals to
work hard to help others.

  • It creates a feeling of gratitude – Feelings of compassion, humanity and a sense of appreciation awakens when we give to people. There is nothing greater to center our focus in this world than beginning to understand just how much we have to be grateful for. This comes from being in direct contact with the act of giving to people who are less fortunate than ourselves.
  • Provides people with the building blocks for their future development – If for example, you are giving back to society through a feeding or housing scheme, you will be providing the essential building blocks for a child’s future development. Through a sequence of events, you help influence whether they are able to study or have the presence of mind to get an education.
  • Enjoy the Health Benefits of Giving Back – On a physical level, you are bound to experience an increase in your levels of wellbeing when you give back to society. Givers on a whole, experience a boost in morale, increased feelings of happiness, greater purpose in life and naturally lower stress levels.
  • Creates a nation of emotionally aware people – It is easy for us to fall into a sense of moral sleep when we are not faced with the realities of people who are less fortunate than us. Once we make the conscious effort to get out there & give to people we have greater emotional awareness and this helps us to become emotionally intelligent people.
  • It helps you to share resources – If you know that you need to share your resources with somebody, it immediately makes you conscious about what it is that you have. Besides
    the gratitude aspect, you suddenly are aware of the value of a bucket of water or a plate of warm home-cooked food. Once the value of those resources become abundant, so too does the realization that those resources do not come easily. You will be more dedicated to sharing those resources.
  • It feels good to give – Deep down inside, we all want to feel that we contributed, added value and had some kind of meaning and purpose in our lives. Giving to others helps to feel that we’ve made that difference and helped to alleviate the crisis in somebody else’s life. Whichever way you look at it, giving back to society has profound benefits for both the giver and the recipient. The potential for strengthening people and nations through giving back to society is huge and something that we all need to consider looking into. Here’s hoping that you are inspired to give and contribute to society in whichever shape or form in your life.
  • You will grow as a person – when you are engaged in philanthropic and humanitarian activities you somehow can’t help but be touched as a human being. Your emotional awareness increases, your care, and consideration for others is awakened and you are exposed to new and different people. You will grow as a person.
  • Alleviates poverty, struggling and suffering – On an absolutely practical level when you find ways to give back to society, this helps to provide some instant relief from poverty, struggling and suffering. Even if a long-term, sustainable solution is needed, people still need food in their mouths, clothes on their back and access to basic sanitation in the immediate moment. This can be achieved in a number of different ways. You can donate to a cause, become a volunteer or be involved in corporate giving.

“Giving is not just about making a donation.  It is about making a difference.” – Kathy Calvin

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