Sometimes we forget just how fortunate we are. I'm lucky in that I have a roof to sleep under tonight, a warm meal will be on the table, and I'll be surrounded by wonderful and loving family. Damn I'm lucky.
Many can't say the same. It's so important to not lose cite of that.
I do my best to give back to the community, but can NEVER do enough. Whenever possible, I spend time volunteering at a wonderful place called 'Tony La Russa'a Animal Rescue Foundation' here in the Bay Area. These folks are the best of the best - taking dogs and cats scheduled to be euthanized and keeping them until they find permanent homes.
Yesterday during a discussion with global Marketing employees, EMC CMO Jeremy Burton issued the challenge to his global team - How can we help? How can you individually make a difference - and what can we do if we came together as a team with a more orchestrated effort?
Then this morning I came across the nice folks down at the San Jose Tech Museum.These folks have a program called the 'Tech Challenge'. Basically, small groups of students grades 5 through 12 get together and compete to solve BIG probems.
This year, they're trying to do their part by helping to solve a little problem you may have heard of... 'Trash Island'.
Did you know there's a virtual island of trash larger than the state of Texas just floating in the middle of the Pacific? Apparently, all of the currents come together in this one spot collecting all of our water bottles, plastic utensils, and other spoils of humanity in one giant trash filled vortex.
Lovely, eh? We sure like to leave our mark.
Anyways, it's another wonderful program looking to make the world a better place for all of us, and I'm ALL IN to help these folks spread the word.
There's no shortage or work to be done, folks... Whether it be helping animals about to be put to sleep, fighting the global hunger crisis, cleaning up the mess we've created - or any other of the THOUSDANDS of legitimate and worthy causes - our community needs our help.
Us Social Media types in particular should take note. We have the power to spread the word, generate awareness, and issue the call to action. Our networks are powerful, and sometimes we may be able to help more from behind the keyboard than anywhere else.
How about you? I'd love to hear how you're helping out in the comments...