Posted by: jmwilsonmga | February 26, 2013

Help Another And Help Yourself

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” John Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.

This statement by President Kennedy has been one I have remembered, ever since I first heard it.  It is a statement which encouraged citizens to go out and make this country better by assisting those in need. In a difficult economy, volunteering matters more than ever.   Studies have found that volunteering benefits not only society, but also the volunteers themselves.  Volunteers are healthier and happier.  Volunteers also learn new things and make new friends.  It is a “win-win” issue for all involved.

Here are some benefits of volunteering:

1)  Individual:  Health/happiness, social participation, self-enhancement

2)  Organizations:  Work/life balance, Employee development, Competitive advantage

3)  Society:   Poverty reduction, increased health, Socio-economic development

So how do you get involved? 

When you begin your spring cleaning, look for gently used clothing you no longer need and give to a homeless shelter.   Start a food drive at work and give to a local food pantry.  At Christmas time, support the Salvation Army and put up an Angel Tree.  These are some of the things we do here at JM Wilson.  You can also check out volunteer sites such as: United Nations Volunteers:, Volunteers of America:, World Volunteer Web:  www.worldvolunteer.web to get more ideas.

I would like to end with a quote on volunteering by Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet,

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

Sarah ODay - Jan 2013-About the Author : Sarah O’Day, Human Resources Director

Sarah O’Day joined J.M. Wilson in 2007.  She is responsible for overseeing employee policies and procedures, recruiting / hiring, benefit management, updating of Human Resource field rules and regulations, and payroll processing.  She loves that she has the opportunity to interact with, and get to know, all J.M. Wilson associates.  She is currently the Education (HRCI) chair of the Kalamazoo Human Resource Management Association (KHRMA) and has served on the Board for three years.  Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys genealogy and being the favorite Aunt to 18 nieces and nephews.
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