It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. Too many people approach a problem as if it’s too colossal to solve. But, guess what? You’re further from finding the solution by doing nothing than starting and taking a walk in the right direction.
Today, I read an article about one local restaurant in Frederick County, MD that made a decision to make a difference in their local community. It started as a challenge to donate to ten charities in ten months. Over the year, they’ve given $15,000 dollars to charities in their community. When you think of social responsibility, you usually think about the big banks, big retailers, and organizations “too big to fail” pitching in to pay it forward.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re a mighty lion or the tiniest kitten, we all have a role to play in the labor of fixing the issues in our communities. I wouldn’t mind ordering an omelet or a dessert from a restaurant that was investing a dollar of the profits back into causes that I care about in my local backyard. Actually, that would be more of an incentive to support, because I also become a component in helping a local nonprofit continue to support their cause.
I’m just inspired and I hope more businesses are encouraged that helping others doesn’t directly mean you have to hurt your profits. I believe it was Jesse Jackson who said, “the only time you should look down on a person is when you’re helping them up.” We should all live by this quote.