Charity Starts at Home – But It Can Spread Out

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Everyone has heard the expression, “charity begins at home.” When I hear that expression, I always add the words, “but it doesn’t have to stay there.”

The world is full of people who are fortunate. Often when people think about what makes a person fortunate, they think about money and material goods. They think people are fortunate if they have enough to meet all their needs and many of their wants. That is one way to be fortunate, but not the only way. Another way to be fortunate is to be able to give what you have to others.

Often when people think about helping others they are reluctant because they think they don’t have a lot to offer. Others think they need more experience, more money, more time. The fact is in order to give you simply need to start where you are, with what you have. Here are a few ways I have been charitable in my neighborhood that cost almost no money, but yielded great benefits.

  • tutoring program for children living on you street
  • volunteering with the school home and school association
  • giving speeches at the local school to help other parents
  • starting a day camp and lunch program at a local church

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Take time today to start doing charitable work of your own.  Darron Lamkin, pictured above, is an engineer who does charitable work by teaching teens how to transform everyday objects into incredible feats of design.  He found his work as an engineer lonely so he decided to teach engineering workshops to teens in his hometown of Oklahoma City. When he started his program “Class Matters” he funded the program with money he saved from his engineering job while living on almost no money. A grant from Verizon funded his program and enabled him to get proper equipment so that he could give the students a great learning experience. Click here to read more about his story and how a grant from Verizon is helping change lives.

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Another way you can do charitable work and be a help to others is through HopeLine. Through HopeLIne, Verizon gives cash grants, cell phones, cell phone minutes and other resources to programs that help victims and survivors of domestic violence. Cell phones and cell phone minutes allow survivors to keep connected to family members, their children’s schools, law enforcement and medical providers. These phones offer a lifeline and hope to people in need. From the comfort of your home you can give your old phone to HopeLine so that it can be processed and the money from the phone can be used to help HopeLine continue its good work. Click here to read more about HopeLine and how you can help Verizon make life better for survivors of domestic violence.

Take time today to look at your skills, interests and available time. When you want to start doing charitable work, those things are a good place to start. Offer what you have to the world. Do not worry that what you have to offer isn’t good enough. Just as there is a lid for every pot, there is work that you can do to make the world around you a better place. Use what you have. The question for you is, what do you have to offer and when will you start sharing it with the world?

Looking for a Job – Show Some Kindness

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When you are looking for a job, no matter what else you do, take the time to be kind. Sometimes looking for a job is hard, stressful work. While you are working at looking for work, keep in mind that while misery may love company, no one wants to be that company!

Kindness is like a golden ticket.

Kindness is not weakness!

It doesn’t matter if you are a typical 9 to 5 employee, a freelancer or an entrepreneur you have to be strong when you are looking for work. Looking for work means you will encounter rejection, stress and possibly, humiliation. But, you must push forward and you must look for work. At the same time, you must be kind. Kindness is typically described as being friendly, generous, considerate, warm and concerned.

Think about things objectively, if you had a choice of hiring a person who was friendly, generous and considerate or a person who was cranky, selfish and rude, which person would you hire? Most people would hire the first person. People who come across as kind are pleasant to be around. People who are pleasant to be around will usually be better team members. Kind people have compassion and want others to do well. A person who is kind understands that her success is not dependent upon the failure of others. A kind person will look for solutions to problems. Kind people will be respectful to their co-workers, superiors and customers. When it comes to things to be desired in a work partner, kindness is one of the things at the top of the list.

Kindness is not a weakness.

When you are interviewing for a job, work, or a business opportunity, be kind. Do not let those you are meeting with think of kindness as a weakness. It is your job and responsibility as a kind person to let those you are speaking with know that kindness is a strength. Kindness is a strength for several reasons. These reasons include:

  • people want to be around kindness
  • kindness makes people feel better
  • kindness brings in customers
  • kindness keeps employees around
  • kindness can be contagious


People want to be around kindness.

Almost everyone has heard the expression, “misery loves company.” However, no one wants to be that company. People want to be around people who make them feel good about themselves and the world at large. While kindness is not the same as charisma, kindness does draw people to you like a magnet.

Kindness makes people feel better.

Patients in hospitals often complain that doctors rush in and out of the room and act as if patients are a nuisance, rather than the reason for the hospital. Nurses on the other hand typically treat patients with kindness. As a result, nurses are often thought of positively as if they actually care about the patients for whom they care. People put up with doctors. People like nurses.

Kindness brings in customers.

Not everyone believes that the customer is always right. However, customers do not want to deal with people who make them feel bad, unappreciated or as if their business is not wanted. Customers will repeatedly purchase from people who are kind and make them feel good. This means if you are kind, you can help bring more money to an organization.


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