Brad Jamison, Thirty Days of Service
People keep asking me why I wanted to do Thirty Days of Service and my first response is “why not?” I have time on my hands right now, so why not use it to do something good and help my community. When I look at my life, I realize how fortunate I am and I truly believe that to whom much is given, much is expected. So, that’s part of why I did it.
I also did it to learn about myself and all of the organizations I served. But, I didn’t anticipated how much I would learn about Los Angeles. When you get out there into the community and do things you wouldn’t normally do, meet people you wouldn’t normally meet, you start to see your city in a different light. Some of what I saw made my heart ache, some made me laugh and some left indelible memories.
What I witnessed over thirty days could have left me hopeless. But, I actually came away with a great sense of hope. There are great organizations in this city working tirelessly to make life better for those in need. And, they are all supported by volunteers who give of their time to build a stronger community. So, I walked away with a renewed sense of hope in my fellow Angelenos, as I think service to other can truly change the world.
And, we in L.A. are so fortunate to have an organization like Volunteer Los Angeles. I relied on their website and staff throughout my thirty days and am so thankful to Nancy and her amazing team. Having an organization entrenched in the needs of the City, as well as some of the solutions is invaluable. They make it easy to get involved and help those in need, so the excuse of not knowing how to get involved just doesn’t work anymore. Volunteer Los Angeles gives me hope too.
To learn more about Brad’s 30 Days of Service, visit his website: www.ThirtyDaysofService.com. You will be inspired!
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