Martin Luther King was a giver. Today we honor his legacy and the birth of this civil rights leader but more than that we honor his service to others.

You don’t have to be rich or famous to give back to your community.  Volunteer work, joining civic groups, contributing specific needed goods and services to a cause or an organization are just some of the ways you can help.The list is as vast as your community! Besides feeling good about yourself and doing something for others, people who are givers tend to be in better physical and spiritual health. Volunteers have reported a “high” from volunteering similar to the good feelings that come from exercise. Volunteering also fights depression. Helping others can help take your mind off your own problems and enable you to see the bigger picture.

Volunteering brings you interesting and challenging opportunities. It also is a strong motivator to give back to others that may have given to you in the past. There are always those whom are less fortunate than you are. Giving back to your community may give others hope and could make a big difference in someone’s life.

When it comes to being of service to causes that are important to you or just helping in your community, the most valuable skills you can bring are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to do whatever is needed and a positive attitude!!