When I was in college, I provided technical computer support for extra money. One of my ex-cowokers, who I met from my internship in a bank, asked me to help her with her computer. She gave me many opportunities to make money and paid me a competitive rate. At that time, I was willing to take any amount she offered, but she insisted on giving me market rate. Also, she offered drinks and food when I was over at her home. We kept in touch throughout the years and she provided guidance in my career path. She helped revise my resume and offer professional advise for my career. Lately, she referred me to a consultant job, which I took.
One time, I asked her why she always goes out of her way to help me. She said that many people have helped her when she was younger. So in return, she’s helping the younger people now. It is a cycle. Society has helped her in the past; now, she’s giving back to society.
I thought about it and realize the beauty of the cycle. If you have received help before, you owe it to society to help others. Almost all of us have received help, either directly or indirectly. Think about the leaders, celebrities, idols or civilians before and during our time. They might have done something that allow you to live in a different world today and might have contributed to your freedom or your better lifestyle.
There are many ways to give back to society. I donated money in 2005 to Red Cross for the Tsunami Fund (see receipt below). I donate clothes and home equipment every year. But there are also other ways of contributing to society. I’ve worked hands-on with students of all ages and helped them with their school work. In the recent years, I’ve talked with several college graduates and helped them find their focus in their career. And because I believe in investing, I’ve talked to many people about investing their money, and it led me to starting this blog. Whether it’s investing, money management, career guidance or mentoring, I will continue to provide support and help for society.
American Red Cross receipt
Here are some ways you can give back to society:
- Mentoring Program
- Community Service
- Social Service