Kick Back and Give Back

Kick Back and Give Back

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Henry James

It is easier than you think. Everybody is doing it. It creates compassion and joy. Want to join in? The human spirit and its aspirations compel our desire to give

I believe we can count on people to be generous. When there is a P to P interaction – person to person – it makes you care and want to help. It leads to a greater understanding of each other. Thankfully, there are many opportunities to practice generosity – for all ages. Whether you are retired or a student, someone needs you and needs to know you care.

Many of the volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) have been serving our neighbors in need for over 20 years. Students fulfill community service hours here as well. Over the summer a college student who has volunteered at SVdP’s Homeless Help Center on B Street since 8th grade served as an unpaid intern in the office. She is looking at using a communications degree to help nonprofits. Also, this summer, many high school students generously and graciously served their homeless brothers and sisters – all with a smile.

Random acts of kindness are performed and promoted every day. As part of one martial arts dojo, the students must perform and record a certain number of acts of kindness as part of their requirement to graduate to the next belt. I like the idea of tapping into children’s (and adults) natural competitive spirit and focusing on how many random acts of kindness they can accomplish each month.

Advancement and cultivation in giving and helping each other to the betterment and strengthening of our community is growing. From social entrepreneurs and crowd funding sites to the possibility of a gift economy (here is a link to a TED talk on Gift-iv-ism:, we continue to tap into our internal desire for good. Every day is a gift and we can give every day!

Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” Let’s all continue to kick back and give back and see the fruits of sharing build a more compassionate and vibrant community.

Share how you give back – your actions inspire and transform our town!