And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them
So I got rich and gave back
To me that’s the win, win
-Jay-Z (Moment of Clarity)
Last year, I attended the Mom 2.0 summit and participated in a community service project to build a playground in a low income neighborhood in New Orleans. It occurred to me then when I actually wrote this post, that I was taking as much benefit from the building as the children who would use it. It felt like I was really giving back at the time, but in reality a few hours of my labor wasn’t making much of a difference. It was making me feel a bit better about not being more active in giving back but also that I should be using my other non-physical strengths to be giving back on a more continual basis.
This blog post was originally written almost a year ago and this line of thought has stayed with me. It has had a measurable impact on the way that I get involved in causes. Chad and I have started selling Greeting Cards as fundraisers for non-profits, I’ve joined the marketing committee of EFAA which helps families in crisis and I’ve helped bring a new young Jewish professionals group (Flatiron Tribe) into existence.
What sustainable ways have you been doing good?