The Spirit of Giving

As some of you may know I like to volunteer my time and give to various charities. Since I was first out on my own, earning my own dollars, I have done both of these things. I believe in the power of volunteerism to enhance the skills of an individual, develop a connection to others and to build a better community. I have met incredible people through volunteering and essentially began my career as a volunteer. I had a wonderful mentor, a woman named “Pat” who gave generously of her time, expertise and wisdom to my development.

I also have supported many different charities over the years, especially those benefiting women, children and our precious animals.

Adoption has become very rewarding for me but not in the way you would think, over two years ago I adopted a baby elephant named “Lempaute”. I had watched 60 Minutes in which they featured an incredible woman whose name is Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick. In Kenya, she and her team head up The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a charity started in memory of her late husband David Sheldrick MBE. I have loved the opportunity to participate in the saving and care of these magnificent animals and greatly appreciate the people who work tirelessly along side them. I really look forward to the pictures and updates I receive.

The SPCA has received in the past, my time for dog walking which subsequently precipitated me becoming a dog parent for 15 years. The society has also received multiple financial and food donations over the years. It is a job I could never do, as I know my emotions would get in the way, but giving helps.

Supporting women’s organizations is important to me too. Giving to the programs and shelters for abused women, preparing gifts for women in need, providing career coaching services, investing in the Girls Growth Fund and much more. I am always looking for more charities related to women, children and animals to focus my attention on, for information as well as to help.

Worldwide there are programs that need our time, energy and money and I believe it is in service to others that we gain the most. I encourage all women out there to see if in 2009 they can spare a dime or the time for one charity.

Maybe consider a career in the not for profit sector, there are plenty of organizations out there that may need your expertise. A good website in Canada for charities and employment is Become informed if nothing else, because when you are informed it allows you to pass on a message to others who may be in a better position to help.

Women who have influenced us through their service, started only with a thought to do something about an issue that was important to them. What grew from that affected their immediate family, then affected their community and with great vision went on to affect our world. Whatever you decide as your contribution it will be appreciated, great or small.

Future posts will help us all to become better informed of worldwide issues, feature women of influence and hopefully spark your interest in the spirit of giving.

6 Responses to The Spirit of Giving

  1. I’ve always loved the quote: Be the change you want to see in the world. Cultivating the act of giving, volunteering, creating the energy for change is so important to be involved in. I have been directly touched by the rewards of being in service/volunteering in my life!

  2. Thank you for your comment. There are so many ways to give. The gift of our time or money to any worthwhile cause is a win/win situation for everyone. I love the quote!

  3. Jennifer,
    I thought you might be interested in looking at my sister inlaws blog. She is a midwife who has dedicated her life giving to the woman of the Philippins. She was born and raised in Abbotsford. She moved to the Philippines to educate and help other woman have healthy pregnany and safe deliveries. She relies soley on donations and the generosity of others to run her clinic. She is an amazing woman who wants nothing more out of her life than to help other woman.
    Here is her link, have a great day!

    Or you can google G the Midwife and she is the first to come up. Her name is Georgia and she is wonderful.

  4. Thank you Candice, that is an inspiring blog. Such a tribute to people making a difference. I will encourage other readers to visit her site.

  5. Hi Jennifer,

    Here is the beginning of some information I promised to forward you about an awesome organization and project I am involved with that provides support and compassion to those less fortunate.

    As you know, I am an active member of the Northwest Washington Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) located in Bellingham, Washington. EWB-USA is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life.

    Besides helping with chapter organization and fundraising (grants, sponsorships and fundraising events), I have jumped in with both feet to work more specifically with our Thailand orphanage project – which was accepted officially by EWB-USA just last week. Yay!!

    On this project, our chapter will be working with Displaced Orphans International to design and construct a building for one of their orphanages so that they can become more self-sufficient. This building will allow them to produce their own soap and fertilizer, and will be used as a template to develop similar structures in future phases of this project for the other orphanages under DOI’s stewardship.

    To learn more about DOI you can click on the following link:

    In the next week or so I will have more specific information on this project that I can share with you in a second post.

    Until then, our chapter contact information and opportunity to donate is at the following link:

    NOTE: The Thailand project is so new it is not currently listed on this site, however we hope to have it included in our project list within a few weeks. Until then, if anyone wishes to donate specifically to this project, you can contact Gary Fortenberry (, our chapter’s president.

    To find out more about our other project: the Ghana Clean Water Project, please follow these two links: and

    Thank you for all your hard work to keep this site going, and in providing women everywhere with invaluable support and encouragement to help them realize their full potential. You are awesome!

    Until next time…

  6. Thank you Heather –
    This is such powerful information provided I intend to post this better for all to see. Please feel free to use this forum to promote and inform about these worthwhile projects. keep us in the loop!

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