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This past weekend, a medical professional that I had run into started telling me that he is interested in philanthropy. Intrigued, I asked him what he had already been doing to serve his community and his response was that he isn’t doing enough. “I am waiting until I can do more financially,” he told me. “Being philanthropic is expensive.”

He is definitely right about one thing: there is always someone, some organization, or some cause, that could use a financial donation right now. But I have to disagree with him about waiting. If you’ve ever heard the old proverb that says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” then you’ll begin to understand what I’m talking about. What about his own wealth of knowledge and training that had gotten him to where he is in his life…isn’t that worth something?

I love the following article written by Rachael Chong, the founder of a skills-based volunteer matching agency named Catchafire. She talks about volunteering from the standpoint of making a measurable impact on the receiver, not just visiting soup kitchens and restoring gardens. We have all been put on this earth to serve, and we have diverse skills and talents that can benefit someone – even just one person – around us. So whether it is by mentoring, helping a senior learn how to use the Internet, or by taking a young person out for a baseball lesson each week, there is something that we are each equipped to do now.

Chong’s article is excellent at pointing out the benefits of skills-based volunteering for both the giver and receiver. It is also great inspiration for people who think that they don’t have the time or resources to start now (which is definitely not true). All that’s necessary is the desire and motivation to do it, and if you understand the value of standing on the shoulders of giants, rather than being a giant amongst midgets, then you’ll start building a team of giants around you immediately.

The full contents of this article was originally published by Co.EXIST.

Service is a fundamental pillar of American society, and its roots go back to the origins of the nation. . . Visit Co.EXIST to read the full article.