Most of us take up volunteering out of a desire to do good for others — I know I did. There are more than enough reasons why we should help each other out and if it is also a deeply meaningful and valuable experience in my own life, well, that’s just the icing on the cake. Like so many people who dedicate part of their time and energy to others, however, I don’t hesitate to say that I’ve gotten back so much more than I ever gave.
Have you noticed that new chill in the morning air? Winter is coming, like it or not, and that means we’re heading into the most difficult time to motivate yourself to run. If you don’t want to lose all the progress you’ve made training this summer, now is the time to start preparing!
Your legs are screaming, you feet are blistered, and your back is drenched in sweat. Why, you ask, would you willingly put yourself in this position? When I think back to where I started, it’s hard to believe that 5k and 10k marathons are now my idea of a great day. I’ve been running for years, and I can see the benefits in almost every aspect of my life.
I know so many people who are successful and happy, and know that the support of their families and communities deserves some of the credit for their prosperity. Many of them want to give back. With so many charities and causes to choose from, however, and the fear that your contribution won’t make it into the right hands, it can be dizzying to figure out where your money and time is best spent. I have been working with United Way for the past fifteen years, and I am confident in the work they do and proud to help serve my community. If you’re looking to get involved, there are many fantastic organizations out there, but here are some reasons that United Way is a good fit for me.