Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” I wonder how many of us ask ourselves that question each day or on a regular basis. For some of us, by virtue of our employment, we are always doing for others. But I think Dr. King’s quote goes well beyond that. What are we doing to make a difference in the lives of others, besides what we do at work? Besides our jobs, these giving back opportunities present themselves constantly and consistently. Here are a few immediate opportunities to impact those less fortunate than many of us are:

  • There are so many opportunities to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Jose and Maria. We can give online, by text, at Walmart, through the Red Cross, etc.
  • Giving to or walking in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects so many in our families, community, and beyond.
  • Giving to the Bed Race to Aid Children Inc. – you would be amazed at how many children in Monroe County have no bed to sleep on. This effort helps us buy beds and deliver them to these local children
  • The United Way is an agency that supports so many other agencies. The local campaign was launched last week and the goal is $1.2 million.

Other organizations include the Salvation Army, March of Dimes, Relay for Life; the list is virtually endless. The point is, we can show we care by giving of our time, talent, and treasure. Personally, I have found that my talent is limited, so I give of my time and treasure to the extent that I can.  Thursday, September 21, 2018, MCCC will host a panel discussion on “Natural Disasters: What is our Obligation?” Please join us for this discussion in the cafeteria on Thursday at noon. This discussion is part of the College’s Current Affairs and Diversity Series. Do we care? Should we give? Is it an obligation or not? Come join us to express your opinions.


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