I have been volunteering for over 20 yrs, from spicing up my lean undergrad resume by providing free tax help through VITA to raising money and awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by running the Marine Corps Marathon in honor of my father. But my absolute favorite contribution to date is volunteering with SMART (Start Making a Reader Today).
Every Thursday, from October through May, I read for a half hour with two students one-on-one. After eight months, it was hard to say good-bye to my spunky kindergartner and grounded first-grader. So instead, I doodled a unique picture for each as my way of saying thanks for bringing great joy to my Thursday afternoons.
Whenever I heard the word 'contribution' it used to mean donating your time or money to your favorite charity. But after watching The Theory of Awesomeness with the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, I was reminded that it means so much more. I've redefined contribution to 'sharing me and my gifts' with the world.
Whether offering a stranger a smile; sending a postcard just to say 'Hi - I miss you!'; or spending an afternoon with a newborn so my friend can spend time on herself -- these are just a few of the ways I contribute me to make the world a happy place.
Make someone's day; contribute you in your unique way.