What’s Your Favorite Way to Give Back?

Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Whether it’s assisting seniors in nursing homes, participating in community cleanup days or tutoring youth, what is your favorite way to give back? Share your thoughts here.


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RPG November 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Correcion for others


LW November 20, 2015 at 10:57 am

One of my favorite ways to give back when my children were younger was to have them scratch off from their Christmas wish list one item that they could do without. Whatever the cost of that item, we would purchase a toy for a child in a shelter. One year, we learned of a child whose parents died right before Christmas, and she was placed in the care of her 87 year old great-grandmother. My children voluntarily scratched off several items from their lists, and we were able to purchase a lawn and garden bag full of toys for the little girl. This will be the first year I continue that tradition with my 3 year old grandchildren, who are just old enough to understand kindness and compassion to those in need.


Dan Petrick November 20, 2015 at 10:47 am

I volunteer as a high school coach for Cross Country and Track & Field. I also volunteer as a trainer to help adults get in shape to achieve better fitness and health.


C November 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

I have fostered cats back to health and found them loving homes that no one would even touch. I fed, altered, vaccinated and looked after feral cats living just north of Ross building before that neighborhood was bulldozed. I volunteer with others to help alter, vaccinate and fix up feral cats all over Baltimore for trap-neuter-return. We cannot help every cat out there but we help positively change the world of every cat we do help. Doing something is always preferable to doing nothing.


Marti Bailey November 20, 2015 at 9:38 am

Volunteering to read and record media aloud for clients of Metropolitan Washington Ear, a national capital area non-profit. The Ear's free dial-in newspaper and magazine reading services strive to substitute hearing for seeing, and also assists recovering patients in hospitals who cannot hold newspapers or books.


Tyche November 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

I want to give back to the society by being a better person: a better father, a better husband, a better son, a better brother, a better neighbor, a better colleague, a better scientist, and a human being. What it means to be "better" differs depending upon the "role" that I play. But, the overall idea is to be more thoughtful of the needs of the other person(s) and to respond with kindness and truthfulness. I want to improve in terms of how well I play these roles. This is the way in which I give back to my family, workplace, community, and the society at large.


AJ November 20, 2015 at 8:42 am

I have three 80+ year olds in my neighborhood who have given up driving. All but one has family who looks out for them. But, I still keep an eye on all them, giving vitamin B-12 shots, picking up medicines at the pharmacy, calling to see if they need to go to the market, shoveling their porch when it snows or just stopping by to play cards or drink tea. I like it best when they share their stories about their youth and what it use to be like. It was a lot different then in a non-electronic era. I think I liked it better.


RPG November 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

I think that it is great helping to care fo others. Keep up the great work.


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