“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are many challenges I have faced so far in my life, as I’m sure you have too. But I also know how lucky I am to have what I do. I have never wondered where my next meal was coming from and I’ve always had a place to call home. While I’m thankful for this, there are many people all over the world that don’t have that comfort.
According to nccp.org, 15 million children in the United States live in poverty. Worldwide, that number rises to 385 million (www.childrenincorporated.com). A total of 795 million people in the world go hungry and almost 13% are malnourished. These are just a few examples of the need that is prevalent in the world today. People live in these unjust conditions and struggle every day. This is why volunteering and giving back is so important.
There are various reasons to volunteer. You can share and gain knowledge, meet others, improve your skills, and most importantly: make an impact. No matter the size, whether it be one person or an entire community, every effort is felt.
One thing that The Leadership Center participates in is the Summer Food Program. If you are unfamiliar, the program provides free lunches to children 18 and under during the week from May to August. In the past couple of weeks, we have served 240 meals. Even if it were only one meal, it would still have made a difference to that one child.
If you want to give back and don’t know where to start, there are endless resources online. You can research organizations such as…
-The Red Cross
-Habitat for Humanity
-Human Rights Watch
-Equal Justice Initiative
-And many more!
..and you can research local organizations in your community!
Now that you’ve finished reading this blog, I would like to leave you with this question: What’s something you can do today- no matter how small- that will impact someone in a positive way?