Why Do You Give Back?

The 2014 Johns Hopkins Medicine United Way campaign is underway, and JHM aims to make a difference in the lives of those around us, with a goal of raising $1.66 million. This year's campaign theme is “Changing the Odds for Families and Communities” and your donation can help change the odds, especially in high-need neighborhoods.

But you can choose where your donations go. You can donate to the United Way general fund, select a specific initiative such as the Family Stability Initiative or the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, or choose a 501(c)(3) health and human services organization of your choice. You can even choose a combination of these options.

Have you donated to the United Way campaign? Do you volunteer for other charitable organizations throughout the year? Share your efforts and tell us the reasons you give back to the community.

To learn more about the United Way and how you can make a difference by assisting families and communities in need, visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/unitedway/index.html.

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C November 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Doing regular service work is 1000X better than just giving a monetary donation. I choose to regularly help sterilize and vaccinate feral cats. Not only are we stabilizing the feral cat population, we also educate everyone we come in contact with as we go about capture and release. They learn about the importance of vaccination and sterilization of cats and dogs and we demonstrate kindness to all animals. Every chance to talk to a kid who wanders up to us is an opportunity to shape a softer, more caring world. That has spillover into all aspects of life.

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Shirley November 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

There are so many people less fortunate than I, due to luck, physical limitations, upbringing, etc... I am by no means wealthy but I consider myself lucky to live the great life I do, and if I can help someone else to live a better life in the process, I will. That's why I donate yearly to United Way.

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Yvette November 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

I have always had a desire to help and it does create pleasant feelings and stepping outside myself to help someone else divorces me from selfish thoughts and emotions of just "me-me-me". I truly enjoy helping others and also because I don't have a great deal of money to help with an effort and so giving of my time and energy accomplishes that.

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Bonnie C November 7, 2014 at 8:53 am

I donate because I believe we are stronger with grass-roots efforts than with contributions from just a few very wealthy individuals (who may then want special considerations in return for their donations). Those who give a few dollars here and there make a wider base and their voices are usually much more representative of the folks that are served. Those who can donate large contributions (generally) are doing it primarily for the tax breaks; not because they're truly interested in the cause they support. (IMHO)

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Anna Norrell November 7, 2014 at 7:42 am

I have volunteered all my life. When I was a teenager I volunteed at St. Jude Medical Hospital. I grew up in Memphis and my family was involved with St. Jude. The time I volunteered at St. Jude they only at 32 beds. I do remember Saturday morning just not wanting to get up. I did because I was needed. Volunteering make my heart feel good? This is one of the main reason and the other they needed me.

I do and have been as long as I can remember given to the United Way.

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