Have you ever pulled up to the coffee stand and someone before you had already paid for your drink. It made you feel pretty good right? Did you keep paying it forward? That act of kindness almost made you feel giddy inside didn’t it?
What about volunteering for a local non-profit, or just being there for a friend and family member out when they needed a helping hand? It gives you all the feels just thinking about it right? That’s the thing about giving back, it doesn’t have to be one big glorious action, it can be random little things and they all mean something great to someone.
When we talk about giving back I think we tend to overlook how important money is in that equation. We think that money is what likely created the problem to begin with…not having enough of it that is. I admit, I’m guilty of that mentality myself but in reality, money can also be the solution. Think about it. We believe that when money moves, better things happen. A business expands. A family connects. A child goes to college. Emergency aid arrives the moment it’s needed. An economy prospers, an opportunity opens, a community heals.
Moving money for better means moving money for a better world –creating value for individuals, businesses and for society. Western Union helps people do this every day. I can attest to that. There have been times when I faced the decision of feeding myself and my son, or paying the rent and when I needed it most, Western Union helped my family 2000 miles away get me the money I needed to get by when I needed it. That’s just a small piece of a bigger picture.
The money sent by Western Union customers can do big things from helping to stimulate economies to making individuals’ lives more rewarding and fulfilled. This is what lies at the heart of the new Chain of Betters project. It’s an idea that empowers people with the opportunity to change the lives of others. That coffee you paid for may be just the thing that inspires someone to take action on a bigger scale. That family you choose off the Angel Tree for Christmas this year may turn around when they get on thier feet and pay it back tenfold. As the money moves around the world, creating a chain of good deeds, together we can start to change lives in ways we wouldn’t have imagined was possible.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.