Erin Weiss is a Sophomore at Georgetown University. Though she is passionate about environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, she is not your typical girl from Wyoming.
Giving is an act that has incredible importance and incalculable benefits.
There are many reasons why giving either time or money is something that everyone should do.
One of the foremost reasons to give is that the Bible, the ultimate road map to life, tells us to. The bible says, “He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever” (2 Corinthians 9:9).
Also, Jesus gave us eternal life by sacrificing His life. Jesus, being the ultimate model of what humanity should be, gives us an example that we should follow.
Even beyond the Biblical, giving is still imperative for many reasons. Giving either time or money starts a positive cycle leading to change that permeates a whole community.
Helping someone can lead to them serving others and this cycle creates a positive chain reaction, leading to an elevated standard of living. Giving back in ways large or small is almost as important as giving in the first place. It keeps the sequence going.
The people and organizations that donate time and money do not have unlimited resources. It is because of limited assets that it is the duty of the people receiving the gift to replenish what they have received. Through returning much needed reserves it insures that others will continue to benefit.
Giving back also shows appreciation for the actions that others have taken on your behalf. A good example of reciprocating can be seen when a student receives financial aid from a school, goes on to become successful, and then donates money back to the scholarship program.
That previous example shows how money can be returned after an act of giving, but it is important to remember that giving time can be just as vital. Time is something hard for most people to give – time costs money.
But organizations still need people and volunteers to keep programs moving forward. So, returning to an organization to help others by volunteering is also extremely imperative.
There is also more than one way to give back. Instead of returning the gift of time and money directly to the place from which you got it, you can move the kindness forward by giving to others. This way, the original effort that went into helping you does not end with you, but continues onward.
Even through helping just one person, whole communities can reap the benefits. Everyone has received a kindness in his or her lifetime; it could have been from either a place or a person. So it is everyone’s responsibility to consciously give back in as many ways as they can.