Why I Donate: Jessica

I have a dear friend named Alex. We don’t speak often, but thankfully, in the Facebook era, we don’t have to. Yes, it’s impersonal, but social media is such a blessing for maintaining a line of communication with friends, organizations, even celebrities, from afar. Alex shared with me about her experiences in Haiti as an All Hands volunteer and I was truly proud to know someone as amazing as her. I was equally impressed when she told me about Haiti Scholarships and her work in building the organization. Work that I can keep up with relatively frequently thanks to the “social network”.

When Alex asked me to write a little bit about my “giving” and why, I knew the answer. I am a talker and a thinker, for as far back as I can remember. I’m simply not a doer. Not yet at least. For now, I satisfy my need to contribute to the world outside of my comfort zone by supporting those that “do.” Though I am apprehensive about the way money is used to “help,” I choose have faith. Faith that when I entrust an organization (such as Haiti Scholarships) with my hard earned money that they will be able to do something I cannot (or perhaps will not?) do myself.

When I choose to support an organization, it is never because I am looking for a tax benefit, or have money to burn (though I really wish that were true). I donate when I am compelled by a personal connection to an organization – either through a friend, through a respected authority, or through a shared vision. I would always encourage people to give what they can, but to really be cognizant of what they are contributing to. The fact is, we give because it feels good to give.

Thank you, Jessica, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!

How about you? How do you contribute to causes you believe in: are you a thinker, a talker, a doer, a supporter?

Why I Donate: Ben

Here at Haiti Scholarships, we think it’s important to highlight not only our students, but also those individuals that help us do what we do.  Ben has been a frequent supporter of Haiti Scholarships, and we can’t thank him enough for that!  We asked Ben why he chooses to support organizations (Ben supports many other great causes, not only with his hard earned money, but also with his time), and here’s his response:

I have been blessed to have seen much of the world in my 29 years on this planet.  In the US Navy, and as a small part of All Hands Volunteers: Project Leogane in Haiti, I have seen that there are people who need real help, and at some point all of us will be in a position to help and need help. That help could take the form of a smile, a hand up, an opened door, or in some cases some really heavy lifting.  Through all of this, the one thing that I am absolutely sure of is that we are better when we come together.  When we actively help each other, our community and our world transform to something better than what was before… Something beautiful.
I do what I can.  I am not rich and I am not influential, so I volunteer and give what I can when I can.  And you know what? Often times I’ve gained so much compared with what I’ve given.  The feeling that comes with doing good is special, and it’s totally free.
When I see groups like Haiti Scholarships spending their energies on causes that help people help themselves, I want to be a part of that.  They are making this a better world, and I am so grateful to be allowed to be a small part of their program.  I have lived, worked, and sweated with the people of Haiti, and they are good, strong, and willing to work.  Helping the people of Haiti gain the education necessary for them to leverage their talents is the single most important thing we can do, next to creating and supporting jobs. I am thankful for the opportunities to help in my own small way make this a better world.
Thanks for sharing, Ben!
Why do you support great causes?  Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page or email us: haitischolarships@gmail.com.