The Power of You

By Anita DeCianni Brown, graduate student, School for Graduate Studies

April 8, 2013

giveDo you realize the power you have to make a difference?

Recent tragedies such as the one in Newtown, Conn., had people around the country grappling with what had happened there. Even though we may not have known the families affected, many of us were hurting and wanted—needed—to do something. Random acts of kindness and service were dedicated in memory of those lost. Twitter, Facebook and blogs were flooded with hashtags and posts about what people were doing. These acts can’t erase what happened, but they can make someone else’s life a little better, even for a brief moment.

You may have been involved in service and volunteering within your community long before the tragedy, but if you haven’t or are unsure of how to get involved, here are some suggestions:

  • volunteer at shelters, food banks and soup kitchens
  •  help at local community gardens
  • volunteer at organizations dedicated to literacy, mentoring or tutoring children
  • work with animal shelters
  • raise funds for and volunteer with some of the larger-scale nonprofit organizations that provide services to those who are sick

There are so many big and small ways people can help; the list is endless.

I have had the opportunity to learn about some of the activities people at Empire State College are involved in through course introductions, in which classmates share tidbits about themselves, and whenever the topic of volunteering and service come up, I always want to hear more. The stories about the work that is being done have been inspiring.

Gandhi said, Be the change you want to see in the world.” I would like to highlight stories of giving in a future article. Your experience may be the inspiration for someone else to get involved.

Email to share your story.

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