Volunteering first changes the life of the people you help, then it changes your own life.
Davenport, FL (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
Giving back to the community has always been part of SunKiss Villa’s philosophy. Whether contributing to the community by donating time, talent or money, giving is a way of life for this company and they encourage others to become involved in their communities in some way.
“When you share in the community by donating your time you become far more aware of the struggles and challenges that other people and organizations face. You also become part of the solution,” says Mark Douglas, CEO of SunKiss Villas.
Not only has SunKiss Villas volunteered at various Disney World Marathons that help to benefit cancer research for leukemia and lymphoma, autism awareness and more, they have also volunteered at Special Olympic events and hospital environments in whatever capacity they are asked to help with. When SunKiss Villas volunteers, they are there to help, regardless of the job they are asked to do. For them, time is time so when they volunteer they give as much of themselves as possible in the amount of time they have available to serve.
“We have a special needs child and received help when we needed it. It was important to us for our son to learn about giving back so he volunteers with us. Since he is wheelchair bound he likes to help escort people from place to place or deliver things from one station to another at the various events or hospitals. He enjoys helping and being useful. The positive response he gets from the people he helps makes him feel good. But that good feeling is not just limited to him, we feel good about helping also,” says Mark Douglas, CEO of SunKiss Villas.
People who volunteer say "Volunteering changes lives. First, it will change the life of the people you help. Then, it will change your own life." Many schools now require students to spend some time volunteering. Part of the philosophy behind these requirements is for students to see beyond themselves, to see the bigger picture. But human nature needs to have constant reminders so volunteering should not be a single experience but rather an ongoing life style.
With the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon the staff of SunKiss Villas is naturally uneasy about volunteering at future events but they are determined to volunteer regardless. They are already scheduled to volunteer at Disney's Expedition Everest Challenge on May 3 and 4, 2013 which benefits the Snow Leopard Trust and Disney's Conservation Fund which has awarded more than $20 million since its inception in 1995, to more than 315 nonprofit organizations working in 112 countries to protect wildlife and much more. They are also scheduled to volunteer at the Special Olympics on May 17 and 18, 2013 in Disney's ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex.
“These events need all the help they can get and it is not unusual to have several thousand volunteers at events like this. We want to help make a difference. We found ways to volunteer that are right for our family. Not everyone will want to volunteer the same way. There are countless ways to participate. Find something you are passionate about. Then go online and chances are good you will find a way to volunteer that is right for you. Get your family involved and watch the attitude of your children change and mature. Become part of the ‘real world’. Volunteer,” says Mark Douglas, CEO of SunKiss Villas.