Giving back and helping others is important to me, my family, and my team at work. Volunteering/service is personal in nature, so we give each employee two service days per year. In recent years, we also try to perform two team-oriented service days together—one near the holidays and the other one in the summer or fall. Over the last 5 years, I/we have volunteered with Community Servings, Cradles to Crayons, Franciscan Hospital for Children, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Marshfield Youth Basketball, The Special Olympics, and The West End Boys & Girls Club.
As much as I enjoy volunteering and helping others who can use help, service is so rewarding to me in seeing the faces and appreciation of people. I get so much more back than I am giving, no matter the amount of time or money I donate. Any great society needs to properly appreciate, care for, and be there for its youngest, its elderly, its disabled, its poorest, its sickest, and its veterans. Despite the work of so many great people, we can still do better. We get back multiples more than we give: lots of little deeds can add up to big things over time, so no matter how small or big, what we give back to society will add up.