We have talked about volunteerism before on Empowher and how some of us should maybe do a little more and how some of us need to learn to say no once in a while!
With the passing this weekend of Paul Newman, we got to understand the depths of his philanthropy. His many Hole in the Wall camps (including one in Ireland) offer free summer camps for very sick children, and have helped hundreds of thousands of kids and their families. His Newman's Own brand of foods have donated literally hundreds of millions to charity.
Yet everything he did was under the radar, understated, and never needing of accolades. He kept his children protected and moved out of the Hollywood spotlight to strengthen his marriage (that lasted 50 years!) and family.
Today's Hollywood could learn a thing or two.
I have no doubt, despite his humility, that his endless philanthropic work made Mr. Newman feel good. It makes all of us feel good.
Maya Angelou said that "I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
Giving, without getting back, makes us feel worthwhile. It releases endorphins that create a sense of happiness, contentment, and fulfillment. It acknowledges our need to matter in this world and that our actions have made someone else's life better. We've put our stamp here on earth - for the better. We are purposeful.
Is this ego? Maybe - but probably not. It is inherently human for most of us to want to do some of good. And regardless of why we do it - let's just do it.
For more information on Paul Newman's charities, click here:
And for volunteering opportunities need you, click:
or Volunteers of America:
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