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?