Half of one person’s joy is the experiencing of another person’s joy; when you make someone happy, it makes you happy, too. When you give, you’re both giving and receiving, which is far more rewarding than just receiving.
I’d like to share with you reasons as to why I volunteer with United Way. My hope is that you’ll be encouraged to join the many UPSers across the country to make a difference in the lives of others (if you haven’t done so already).
Giving All I Have to Give
As a child growing up in Los Angeles, my parents instilled in me at a very early age the importance of giving back to the community and volunteering my time and talents to help others in need. At that time, I had no idea that it would transform my life and provide me with a fresh perspective about the concept of volunteering and participating in community service as an adult.
Throughout my college career, I logged hundreds of volunteers hours with local organizations surrounding the Tallahassee, Fla., area. During that time, I had the opportunity to meet individuals who had fallen on hard times and needed assistance – financially, emotionally and even physically.