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The Giving Season

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ah the holidays. Everyone loves the holidays. We take time off from work. Visit with family and friends. Go to parties. Shop for gifts.

By definition a gift is a thing given willingly to someone without payment. A natural ability or talent. Have you ever considered giving the gift of yourself instead of something purchased?  It can be as simple as a handwritten card instead of the standard store bought with prewritten words. Or in today’s world an email or text. You could donate your time to a charitable organization, say a soup kitchen. Perhaps if you are talented enough to know how to play a musical instrument or sew, you could give lessons.

What about giving back to an organization that as given so much to you year after year?

Being a member of a professional organization affords us countless opportunities, from creating professional relationships, career advancement through continuing education, leadership growth, skill development and camaraderie.  We all know in order for organizations to thrive they need members to volunteer, to chair and serve on committees, to sit on boards, locally as well as nationally. 

This season I wonder if you would consider giving the gift of you to your organization.  Volunteer for a leadership role or serve on a committee. What ways can you give the gift of you? 


Monica Hodges is the Office Manager for Barker & Associates in San Antonio, Texas.  

She is the SDA National President-Elect.

Tags:  Give Back  Giving  Volunteer 

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Lynda Meyer, MSA CDFA says...
Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Giving of yourself is an awesome thing to do, we just volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club creating crafts with the kids. It was a lot of fun and very rewarding to see how excited these kids were to create different crafts throughout the evening.
As I roll off of our local board after 5 to 6 years straight...I have decided to continue on sending out our notifications for meetings / events! This is my way of making things less stressful for those planning the events to also have to worry about sending out notices for them! I'm also still attending our annual strategic planning session to give feedback and help where needed, volunteering in an organization never ends, and it's totally up to you to give what you can whether it's a whole lot or just a little...every bit counts!
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Sarah Wallace, FSDA, LEED Green Associate says...
Posted Thursday, December 31, 2015
I worked in downtown Atlanta for almost ten years and had homeless men and women ask me for money a countless number of times. Every day I would walk by them on the street. It has made my volunteer work with Canstruction® all the more rewarding - to know many of the people that directly benefit from meals provided by our benefactor, the Atlanta Community FoodBank. After a few years on the Canstruction® event committee, i asked our ACFB representative if we could have a dedicated evening where our participating teams could come to the ACFB to participate in the PRC Can Sorting along with the other community volunteers. This allowed the teams to directly interact and volunteer with the ACFB in addition to making canned sculptures. This was the third year Canstruction® teams have helped out at the PRC in September and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Many people even bring their children. I look forward to continuing to volunteer at the PRC in the future throughout the year as an additional way to give back to my community.
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