Volunteerism. #Acts of Kindness
M.D. Personal Journal
This week was about catching up with work after being away in Chicago for a medical conference. You can read about it here.
Every once in awhile I need to take a weekday off to recharge and do something completely non-work related. So this week I chaperoned my older son’s service learning field trip. This is my way of volunteering for their school activities and spending some quality time with my son.
As part of their volunteer education, the students go out into the community and perform service learning projects. The school partners with community-based non-profit organizations which service the less fortunate members of our society.
This week, the class spent a half day at an urban ministry which serves the downtown San Jose low-income population. Services include a food pantry, clothes closet, preschool, job training, after-school homework center, ESL and adult learning, teen leadership training, tax preparation, and summer camps. There was plenty of work to do and we jumped right in. Here is what we did;
- Unloaded trucks full of donated clothing
- Sorted and stacked donated food from local restaurants and grocery stores
- Set-up and decorated the Christmas tree.
- Labeled envelopes
- Distributed boxed groceries to clients at the pantry window
Everyone, including the parents, pitched in and did a great job. I think the students appreciated the value of serving others less fortunate than themselves. Living here in Silicon Valley, the underserved community is largely invisible so it’s easy to forget they exist. But they are here and struggling in this high cost of living area. This visit was an opportunity to serve others through acts of volunteerism and kindness. Even though the purpose of the trip was for the students, I also came away with a greater awareness of the poor and needy and the many great organizations that serve them.
#actsofkindness chain gang
This is a series of articles from other personal finance bloggers sharing their #actsofkindness.
- Anchor: ChiefMomOfficer – I’m Sick Of Christmas Materialism – Instead Lets Make A Difference #actsofkindness
- #2: ForeignBornMD – Holiday Season, Giving Back
- #3: Kiwi and Keweenaw Simplifying through #ActsofKindness – Kiwi and Keweenaw
- #4: Physician on FIRE – A Quarter Million in DAFs: A Retirement Goal Achieved – Physician on FIRE
- #5: Budget on a Stick – An Unexpected Gift #actsofkindness
- #6: Working Optional –Thankful For What I Have Received
- #7: Mama Fish Saves – Top Charities To Get Kids Involved In Giving
- #8: Grounded Engineer – Giving Thanks and Why I’m Considering a Donor Advised Fund
- #9: 99to1percent Giving Thanks and the 6 Gifts that Keeps Giving
- #10: Smile and Conquer One Small Thing
- #11: Good Life. Better The Best Thing You Can Give Your Family? Kindness
- #12: Downsize Your 2080 Think Outside the Christmas Gift Box
- #13: The Three Year Experiment Best Christmas Gifts
- #14: Spills Spot Use Your Platform to Help Others
- #15: Millionaire Doc Volunteerism, #ActsofKindness
- #16: Atypicallife Holiday Season Acts of Kindness
- #17: WealthRehab ‘Tis the Season for Giving
- #18: AnotherSecondOpinion Giving Back
- #19: DebtDiscipline The Gift of Giving
Here is the rest of the roundup of interesting articles and blog posts.
Better think twice before you get your next tattoo. Don’t be like this guy. A man collapsed with ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattooed on his chest. Doctors didn’t know what to do.
Healthcare is constantly evolving, but this buyout will really shake things up. CVS agrees to buy Aetna in $69 billion deal that could shake-up health care industry.
Would you live your life differently if you had $10 million? Here is Mr. Tako’s take. The $10 million question.
When is the best time to hustle? When you are young of course! Mama Fish Saves tells us – Why it Pays to Hustle While You’re Young.
Frugaling all the time is exhausting. Sometimes you just need to splurge on Wagyu steak. Gen Y Finance Guy explains the difference between relative frugality and extreme frugality. Extreme Frugality is for the Birds.
Well, there you have it. Have a great weekend and look for my new post on Monday. As always, I look forward to reading your comments. Follow me on Twitter.
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