It’s a new year. I know that doesn’t come as a shocking revelation to anyone at this point, but what it does come with is a renewed sense of a fresh start or a clean slate.
For some, the holiday season brings the same feelings. It’s an opportunity for people to take a step back, look around, see ways to make a difference and then go in to action. So why does that have to stop? Clearly this is a blanket question. There are do-gooders in this community who go above and beyond year-round, and who we applaud with thunderous ovation. No. That’s not an exaggeration, either. Thunderous. Ovation.
The few need help, though, and so do local non-profits. I’m not just talking about finances, either. Sure, any non-profit in town would be more than happy to take your donation. Believe me. There are never enough funds to do all we want to do. If you find one who doesn’t want your finances, though, let me know. I’ll take care of that problem for you.
I’m talking about picking up a couple of extra items the next time you’re at the grocery store and donating them. I’m talking about taking a couple of hours a month to do a community service project with friends or family. I’m talking about seeing an organization you’re passionate about, and finding out what they need or how you can help. In addition to there never being enough finances, there are never enough hours or hands. Every organization is doing more with less trying to fill all the need gaps, and we are no exception.
We are hiring, like I mentioned last week, but many of you already have wonderful careers or are students on a different path. That’s awesome! Don’t settle, though. Continue to grow. Continue to look around. Continue to make a difference. No matter where you’re at! Are you a teacher? Offer to organize a small fundraiser with your class to teach them young about giving back. Are you a factory worker? Get a group of co-workers together on a day off and offer to paint a room or do some landscaping. Are you excessively organized? Offer to file, shred, or organize for those in the trenches. The options are endless!
If you’re reading this while sitting at home, and thinking, “There is literally nothing I could do to make a difference.” CALL ME (765-457-8273 ext 335)! I can guarantee you that there is! Guaranteed or your money back, even (if you’re already a donor). And, as a non-profit, that is a HUGE deal. Take me up on it!
The bottom line for me, and my wish for you in 2017, is to wake up each day with the feeling you had during the holidays (minus any stressful parts). You’ll be happier, and the community will be better.
I mentioned it earlier, but if you’re interested in partnering with Bona Vista Programs this year in any way, shape or form… reach out! Call me (765-457-8273), email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), look us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and shoot us a message, visit our web site (bonavista.org) and apply for a job or check out our programs, take a tour of our facilities or just keep reading our articles until something literally jumps off the page at you and moves you in to action (if that actually happens, though… LOOK OUT!)!
Until next time… keep a good view on life!