Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Two for One

     Today I was able to perform an intentional act of kindness, and then double it!  Let me explain:
     Every year, the Tri-State HRMA (Human Resource Management Association) holds a full day conference to provide members with an opportunity for networking and for education.  As a part of that program, I was asked to make a presentation on building a high-performance culture through organizational values.  It was my pleasure to donate my time for this, and despite being the "early-bird" presenter at 7:30 this morning, the room was so packed that we needed to bring in extra chairs.  It was fun to do, and from the feedback I heard, it was clear that members were able to take away a lot of value.  But that was just the first part.
     As a "thank you" for giving my time, Tri-State committed to making a donation to a charity of my choice.  I decided to direct their contribution to a local organization called Meals On Wheels.  Perhaps you've heard of it.  Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious, well-balanced meals to senior citizens in our county who are homebound and alone.  It's a vitally important program to help keep seniors healthy when they have no one to take care of them.
     It was great to leverage my act today by doubling its impact.  Thanks to TriState for their support.

1 comment:

  1. Hi David, great act of kindness. I do volunteer work for "Aids for Friends" which is only in the Philadelphia area. We volunteer to deliver 7 dinners (no charge - meals on wheels asks for donations)to the homebound. Also, spend a half hour or so talking etc. It is very rewarding. I also cook and bake my own food for the person I visit. She looks forward to the visit once a week. People don't realize the elderly people out there that need food. Keep up the good acts of kindness. I truly enjoy reading your adventures.

    BAL - Willow Grove, Pa