It's so much fun sharing all of the material things that I love, but when it comes down to it, people and experiences far out way anything money can buy. Lately, life has been weighing heavily on if I'm doing enough for myself and those around me to live a fullfilled life. I love what I do, but does it make a difference in people lives? Maybe yes, maybe no. I know everyone has those days, but it's good to keep yourself in check. Volunteering is an amazing way to give back. Every single time I have volunteered, I get way more out of it than the people I am helping.
I have never been abroad to volunteer, but it is something that I have high on my priority list, in particular, somewhere in Africa. Until then, I know there are plenty of opportunities state side that I can be a part of. I have recently joined a program called Guardian ad Litem and although it terrifies me, I'm looking forward to the challenges it will bring.
Below are photos from friend's that have are involved in voluteering abroad.
Rachel, a photographer with Millie Holloman, recently went to Ghana and worked with an organization called Father's House. It is well worth your time to read her experience while in Ghana.
Will Bynum, Grayson's best friend from college, is also a person that has been an incredible volunteer in not only Africa, but also started an organization while in medical school called Medical Students for Burn Care International. You can find more information about how to be involved here.
Mac Bowen is another one of Grayson's friends, also in medical school, and also traveled to Ghana to volunteer.
You may not be able to go to Africa to treat sick children, but there is an opportunity for everyone to volunteer. Grayson is downtown right now writing wills for Marines that are about to be deployed. You don't have to go far to help.
There are soup kitchens, youth soccer teams, literacy councils, animal shelters, and arts programs that all need volunteers. So, while I'm stepping off my soap box, I challenge each of you to find a place that you can give part of your time to. I promise, it will give you so much back!