Lending A Hand

Many of the New Year’s resolutions I heard or saw online this year included something like this: “I will give back to my community.”

With the first month of 2011 behind us, I wonder just how many of those that wanted to give back have actually acted on that resolution.

There are thousands of people in our community that need our help. Volunteer opportunities abound. Yet is seems like “life gets in the way” all too often.

I’ve seen some passionate Tweets from people already lending a hand over the past week like Andy Denton at A Child’s Place, Aleigh Acerni at Charlotte Community School for Girls, Kathy Rowan at Thompson Child & Family Focus and Bobby DeMuro with the kids at the Ada Jenkins Center.

At Goodwill last week we shared an amazing story from our GoodGuides youth mentoring program on FOX Charlotte. Just ask Lelia King about the tears of joy flowing from a young woman’s face when talking about the impact working with a mentor just one hour a week has made on her life. Better yet, watch the story and see for yourself.

I personally have made the decision to lend the skills God blessed me with to help the Teen Health Connection in Charlotte share their amazing story with the community.

I’m sure there are many, many more stories of people lending a hand across our community. Yet, so much more assistance is needed and the percentage of those helping is so low.

So I ask you today: Will you lend a hand?

About Bo Hussey

Passionate about my faith, family & work. Account Lead at Wray Ward. All things Broncos, Reds, Bobcats and Pearl Jam. Love helping others. Outreach liaison between Elevation Church and Urban Ministry Center. Safe Alliance Board of Directors. Acts 20:24 View all posts by Bo Hussey

3 responses to “Lending A Hand

  • Josie Mazzaferro

    Great post, Bo! The community needs are greater than ever, and we all have the ability to make a difference.

  • Scott Hepburn

    I love how social networking has had a positive impact on community involvement.

    Before instant, always-on, mobile…whatever…the would-be volunteer was a bit of a man on an island. Even the most service-minded people had to motivate themselves to leave the house, search for an opportunity to make an impact, and follow through. It took a little more effort and altruism.

    Now, all you need to do is hop on Twitter and see a flurry of Tweets between your friends. “Hey, everybody’s meeting up at the blood mobile to give blood? Cool…I’ll join them!” The tasks of finding a need, finding a way to help, coordinating logistics and spreading the word are spread among many hands.

    So…where we making a difference today, guys?

  • Bo Hussey

    Scott — your comment reminds me of something I heard on the radio Saturday morning. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has a “Pints for Pounds” program where they will donate six pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina for every donation. A very simple way to get involved: http://www.cbcc.us/programs/current-promotions.php

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