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Resolve to Give Back in 2023
By Beverly Austin
NAPS National Auxiliary Executive Vice President
The holidays are associated with giving. We focus on giving thanks in November, gift-giving in December and giving up unhealthy habits for New Year’s. But have you ever considered giving your time and talents?
These days, with everyone facing greater financial challenges at the gas pump, grocery store and with utilities, there is another way you can make a positive difference beyond simply writing a check. Consider volunteering.
So many worthwhile causes need volunteers to support the work they are doing. Volunteers offer crucial help to people in need. Without volunteers, many services and events in communities would not happen.
The benefits of volunteering can be huge for people in need, but the greater benefit can be bigger for you. These benefits can include:
Here are several ways to give back:
It’s easy to come up with ideas or complain about what does not get done. But where are all the volunteers needed to accomplish projects? Instead of making a list of projects, pick one and start volunteering. Just roll up your sleeves and get busy to make a difference in someone’s life.
Some people volunteer because they have an interest and want to share it. Others volunteer because they feel passionate about a cause or the people they are helping. It does not matter how you find the passion; what matters are the lives you can touch by being open to giving of your time.
I challenge you to give something to yourself and something to your community. You can make it a better place with a small sacrifice of your time or sharing of your talents. Unlike that shiny, new gift that was waiting for you under the Christmas tree, giving of yourself by volunteering will not fade with time.
Collectively, let us be intentional and resolve to give our time and talents to volunteer for worthy causes in 2023.