Giving back – it’s a trend that is talked about a lot lately and it’s one I can stand behind. Some people though, have beat the odds and because of medical technology, are doing as much as they can to help make their communities better. Medtronic Foundation Philanthropy created the Bakken Invitation program to connect and celebrate people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and now selflessly give back to their communities. The 2015 Bakken Invitation Award honors 12 people from 11 countries, all whom use their “extra life” to serve others and embody the program’s tagline “LIVE ON GIVE ON”. We all have something to give and there is no better time like the present to help those in need. We don’t need a life-altering moment to start giving back — the Bakken Honorees encourage you to start now.
My Reasons For Giving Back
Everyones has different reasons for doing the things that they do, because let’s face it, everyones life experiences are different; but I think that at the end of the day most people want to help when and where they can. In my life I’ve had ups and downs. Times when I can help others and times when I needed a little help and I think as long as we give back when we can, the help will be there when we need it. Give and take and we all make it through. I try to volunteer when I can. I can’t always give financially, but my time is just as important. I usually volunteer with the school district because what’s more important than our children, and at least a couple times a year I try to give a few hours to the local food bank. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it helps get food on someones table that otherwise may not have had it so every little bit counts.
For some, it can be overwhelming or intimidating to hear about ambitious charity work or foundation projects around the world, but the Bakken Honorees know that everyone has something they can contribute to their community, and there’s no better time than now to make it happen. Big or small, it will make a difference for someone.
What can you contribute or maybe you already do? Why do you do it?Has medical technology made a difference in your life? Has it given you a reason to try and help others? Let me know in the comments below and be entered to win a $100 Visa® Gift Card so you make a positive impact on your community!