We always think that there is not enough time to do the things that we have to do or want to do.
Let's take a moment and see.. 1 year = 52 weeks = 365 days = 8760 hours = 525,600 minutes. If you really think about it, that is a lot of time.
We live in a society who thinks and cares more about ourselves. We look everywhere to find that one thing that can fulfill our empty hearts. May it be partying, drinking, eating, and working.. But, have you thought about giving back? Giving back to the community, helping those who are less fortunate. You don't have to go far, you can start at your local food bank or soup kitchen.
I've done the partying, drinking, eating, and yes, even working. Those activities do not seem to fulfill the little empty feelings I have inside of me.
Not until I decided to volunteer and give back. I've volunteered at the Food Bank, Jr. Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, and Tim Tebow's Night To Shine, just to name a few.
The joy that it brings me everytime I get home from volunteering is indescribable. There is a certain high that I feel and it's a good high. It's the feeling of knowing my time is not wasted focusing on me, but the euphoria of knowing that somewhere out there a person will not go hungry for the day and/or week, a family soon will have a roof over their head, knowing that I've "inspire young people to suceed in a global economy," and bringing happiness to someone's life.
I challenge you to take a day out of the year to volunteer and give back to the community. See if it doesn't change you for the better. 😉
To help you out, below is a short list of websites that you can check out if you are interested in volunteering.
Inland Empire United Way
Helping hands pantry
HandsOn Inland Empire
Calendars to volunteer
Feeding America Food Bank
Food pantries of Riverside
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity Riverside
Tim Tebow A Night To Shine Event