I shared about some seriously amazing allies is last week’s article We all need commUNITY. They GAVE BACK in a big way – the value they gave to Drag it OUT and SunServe as youth serving organizations was PRICELESS and to them, it probably was not a huge weight. They donated what they were good at, with equipment they already had and gave us their time and passion. YOU can do that too. If you haven’t read that article yet – check it out!
Through much struggle I learned this valuable gem… My life is FAR RICHER by consistently giving selflessly to others. Volunteering helped me create my life as it is today and saved me from a deep and dark depression.
I regularly give back through volunteer time, donating unneeded items a few times a year and giving monetary donations to organizations who are really making a difference. Usually, a few dollars is more possible then we allow ourselves to believe – Did you enjoy that Starbucks coffee? Go out to eat with friends? New video game? YOU too could donate, at least a little bit.
I’m not the only person who believes in the power of giving back. Check out some of these famous quotes:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Muhammad Ali
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein
Speaking of Giving Back…some of you already gave up your Starbucks Coffee to make sure PROUD emPOWERment for LGBTQA Youth got published and I want to THANK YOU!!!!!! With the money raised from the Indiegogo campaign a few months ago I was able to complete the graphic design, business cards, website, book editing, proofing and purchase the first batch of books to be donated.
Many copies of PROUD emPOWERment have been donated to both organizations and individual youth involved with:
- SunServe Youth Group
- Drag it OUT Inc.
- University School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
- South Broward High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
- Plantation High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
- Pompano Beach High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
- Florida Atlantic University (FAU) LGBTQA Resource Center Library
As I have more speaking engagements scheduled during the year I always bring copies of the book. If a school, library or resource center is unable to purchase because of lack of funds, I provide them with a copy of the book. I am able to do this because of YOUR HELP! Thank you!
If you’re involved in a high school, university, non-profit youth organization or LGBT group and would like a copy of PROUD emPOWERment and the group workbook, but are unable to purchase please contact me here to request a free book. In your message please provide me with the best contact information and address to ship the book.
This is PROUD’s way of GIVING BACK!
What can YOU do with the talents you already have to GIVE BACK? I’m happy to help you brainstorm ideas, just comment below!