How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Ann Frank
I believe it is important to involve yourself in causes and activities that enrich the lives of others. Some people choose to only work within their communities, others have a more global view of philanthropy. It doesn’t matter; just get involved with helping one another.
Money, time, energy, and ideas are always welcome in any non-profit organization. Take time to research the mission and the values of an organization that appeals to you and that is closely aligned with your interests. Seek out your passions through your non-profit work.
Giving to others can also enhance your life. I feel as though it is one of the most powerful antidotes to depression. We often forget about own sorrows and problems when immersed with other volunteers working toward a common cause.
Personally, I volunteer with Pet Partners, which is a national organization that seeks to improve well-being and health through the power of therapy animals. My partner is a wise and gentle six-year-old Welsh Pembroke Corgi named Lulu. We have visited the Teton Literacy Center, St. John’s Health and Medical Center, Teton County Public Health, Jackson Hole Airport, and an assisted living center in Jackson.
My family has also created the Garaman Charitable Foundation which contributes to local and county non-profits such as the Russ Garaman Pathway, Senior Center, and others.