This is the question I ask myself after watching President Obama’s inauguration speech today. “What will I do?” Here is the segment of his speech that I think was most important and most representative of his election:
“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.”
I believe that people support Barack Obama so passionately because they believe in his sincerity and ability to “do the right thing” for our country and world in so many areas. At the same time, I think that most of his supporters realize that in order to accomplish the promises we elected him for, he will need help from each of us in an amount greater than we’ve given in the past. There are many in this country and this world who volunteer and give of themselves to help others. Their work is truly noble and makes a huge positive difference.
And there are many, myself included, who could afford to do a lot more. If each of us gave of ourselves just a little bit more, that would amount to a landslide of power to make this world a much better place.
So what will I do? What will you do?
We can volunteer our time, ours skills and knowledge, contribute money, and donate our resources. My goal is contribute in each of these ways over the coming year. To keep myself accountable to this goal, I plan to add comments as I complete my contributions.
Here is President Obama’s website that helps you to find ways to help serve: http://www.usaservice.org/content/home/
There are many other service organizations that could also use your time, skills, money, or resources. Here are a few that come to mind.
You could also check in your local community for ways to help by doing a Google search on “charity” or “volunteer” plus your zipcode. If you feel a strong call to help you could look into becoming a foster parent.
If you have some good ideas of ways to make a difference, please share them in the comments below.