Give and Get: Why Engaging in Your Community Matters

Give and Get: Why Engaging in Your Community Matters

 

All around the world, there are organizations whose sole purpose is to help others. Most of these, are nonprofit organizations. With so many causes that need the support of society, it isn’t hard to find one that you can help. Being a part of a community, of any size, includes giving to those who are less fortunate. There is great value for all parties when community involvement and engagement has a strong presence. Here are just a few ways that you can gain from giving.

 

Perspective

One of the most powerful takeaways from working with those in need is a new outlook in life. Especially for first time volunteers or donors, seeing the people who need the aid from nonprofits, can leave a lasting impression. These encounters often help us see that what we have is good. Life could be a lot worse and getting a glimpse into that life can drastically jolt one’s perspective. There is no greater gift then understanding the true meaning of being grateful for what you’ve got in your life.

 

Business Benefits

If any for-profit company doesn’t give back to their community, they are doing it wrong. Sure, the CEO can write a check every year, but the entire company does not benefit from the donation. Coming together and collaborating to help others is a fantastic way for teams to bond. Many organizations offer incentives to companies who send large groups to volunteer. In addition, it is a great way to build up a positive reputation within your community. Patrons are more likely to choose a business who partakes in philanthropic acts over ones who refrain.

 

Health & Wellness

If the first two reasons weren’t enough for you, this will surely spark your urge to get your charity on. Those who participate in volunteer opportunities gain countless health and wellness benefits. Mental and physical health, both improve from partaking in charitable acts. Choosing an event that includes physical activity (5k run, donation drive, children’s activities)  keeps one in shape while contributing to the community. Additionally, those who work closely with nonprofits often have less stress in their lives. Less stress means a clearer conscious and improved mental health.

 

6 Tips for First Time Snowboarders

6 Tips for First Time Snowboarders

 

Don’t Overlayer

While multiple layers is great for keeping riders warm, the heat generated from the intense exercises involved in snowboarding means that people can experience diminishing returns. In most cases, all a snowboarder needs is some thermal clothing, not made from cotton, and a light, waterproof jacket; a hoodie can be stored away until such intense cold sets in. Cotton should be avoided as it absorbs sweat-sweat can freeze and will further lower body temperature.

Renting is Fine

Unless a first-timer has been given a quality board as a present, there is no shame in renting one’s snowboard. Furthermore, the first hobby purchase should go toward one’s boots. One important thing to know when looking into buying or renting a snowboard is the significance of “regular” and “goofy;” regular means the user leads with his left foot or shoulder and goofy means the user leads with his right side. Notably the notation of regular and goofy also affects which side of a chairlift queue boarders should take.

Tether Your Board

Snowboards are a moderately costly piece of equipment. Any boarder who fails to somehow tether his board to his body is inevitably going to lose that board, possibly for good.

Understand Who Has Right of Way

Right of way travels downward because it is easier to see people in front of a person than it is to see out of the back of that person’s head.

Do Some Preparation

Before anyone heads out to try snowboarding, it is a very good idea to research the weather forecast for the duration of your snowboarding trip and to assess what equipment is actually needed for the forecast. Upon arriving at the site, it is a good idea to start the day with an energy-boosting breakfast, to remain hydrated throughout the day and to regularly stretch one’s calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Push With the Back Foot

Much like how one maneuvers on a skateboard, the ideal means of snowboard propulsion is to push off with one’s rear foot. While it may seem odd on initial attempts, the alternative is to place undue levels of stress on the knee joints of the leading foot, a foot that should remain locked into place on the board.

 

Non Profit Spotlight: Fight Colorectal Cancer

Non Profit Spotlight: Fight Colorectal Cancer

Also known as colon or bowel cancer, colorectal cancer is the growth of cancer in the colon or rectum. It may be caused by old age, lifestyle and in rare cases, genetic factors (non-polyposis cancer that is hereditary). Other risk factors are diet (processed meat and alcohol), obesity, an absence of physical activity and smoking. Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease are also a risk factor. The associated symptoms of colorectal cancer include weight loss, changed bowel movements and blood spots in the stool. Treatment is usually a combination of radio and chemotherapy and surgery. Surgery can cure cancer confined to the colon walls, if widespread, it cannot be cured, but is managed to improve the symptoms and the patients’ quality of life.

 

About Fight Colorectal Cancer

Founded in 2005, Fight Colorectal Cancer is an organization that aims at reducing deaths attributed to the disease. It also aims at finding a cure for colorectal cancer. The organization advocates for research into colorectal cancer and also offers training and provides grants to scientists working towards a cure for the disease. They do this through what they term as five ways to fight. They include:

 

  • Patient resources

 

    • It creates a resource center that is credible and contains resources that have been medically reviewed. This helps patients in making informed decisions concerning their health. The educational materials, found free online, give information on diagnosis, available treatment options and how to handle life with colorectal cancer. This keeps patients constantly informed.

 

 

  • Research

 

    • The organization follows studies that cover the basic biology, prevention of the disease, its treatment and how to survive it. They involve their researchers and help fund any project that may be groundbreaking in the field of colorectal cancer. The organization also has medical experts on its medical advisory board.

 

 

  • Advocacy

 

    • The organization, through forming coalitions with policy makers and other regulatory agencies have managed to build solid relations with leaders to ensure colorectal cancer and persons suffering from it are considered in policy decisions.

 

 

  • Awareness

 

    • Through awareness programmes like One million strong, kids awareness activities, online ambassadors; and events like sparks of strength luminary event, the organization has managed to create awareness around colorectal cancer.

 

 

  • Philanthropy

 

    • Fight colorectal cancer also encourages donations from members of the public. This can be through fundraising programmes, personal donations or donations to its research programmes.