We are very lucky to have a good life, fantastic job and amazing families. I personally believe it is paramount to return the favor to the world around us. How you choose to square up with the universe is totally up to you. At best, you can make the most unbelievable impact in a person’s life. At the very least you can refrain from being the reason that someone else has a bad day. We can’t help you with the hard work part, but here are some suggestions for the good mojo. Oh, and it’s not just about donating money. That’s terrific and needed, but you can donate your time and effort as well.
Here are a few sites that may help you find something you’re passionate about: www.volunteermatch.org, www.idealist.org, www.handsonnetwork.org
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.There are many ways you can help the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Concerned individuals, companies and organizations have made it possible for the MDA to continue its worldwide research efforts and nationwide programs to aid those with neuromuscular diseases and their families. To find out what you can do visit their website at www.mdausa.org
Stepping Stones is a local charity if you’re looking for something closer to home. The Mission of Stepping Stones for women of Domestic Violence, N.F.P., a Christian-based organization, is to empower women of domestic violence to develop financial and emotional independence by providing them with a safe, nurturing environment. A great way to help support them and better yourself is to participate in the annual April Fools 5k here in Bloomingdale. Since the info changes from year to year, just google it to find the details. And visit the Stepping Stones website at www.SteppingStonesRoselle.org
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. To find out what you can do visit their website at www.stjude.org
Marklund enriches the lives of those with special healthcare needs by honoring the unique purpose of each individual. Those we serve are able to enjoy a full and meaningful life supported by a compassionate, nurturing environment; a strong partnership with the community; and an unmatched dedication to personal growth. Nearly all of those served are non-ambulatory and have severe cognitive deficits. Most also have complex medical problems that require 24-hour skilled nursing care. Marklund is there for these families faced with the difficult decision of finding quality care for their loved ones who have severe and profound developmental disabilities. To find out what you can do visit their website at www.marklund.org
Serving as the heartbeat of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, formed by ESPN and Jim in 1993, his words throughout the ESPY speech have never been more meaningful. After being diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 46, Jim dreamed of finding cures for cancer. Passionate and committed, he wanted to see his fight through to victory. As a former coach, he began to recruit his team of family and friends to lead the Foundation in his quest to eradicate the disease. Jim’s dream of finding a cure for cancer is one shared by millions. Although we have not yet achieved this goal, every day we get a little bit closer and will continue to honor his inspiring words, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” ® To find out what you can do visit their website at www.jimmyv.org