This post is brought to you by Frost Bank. All opinions are my own.
I had the great opportunity to partner with Frost Bank for their Opt for Optimism initiative (Learn More about Frost’s Opt for Optimism Initiative: HERE).
Frost believes that generosity spurs optimism, and they are on a mission to make the world a more optimistic place.
I volunteered with an amazing organization called C.I.S. (Communities in Schools of Houston), where I had the great honor of organizing and handing out donated uniforms to young teens who needed them the most. I was able to help a school program provide free clothing to young students, and learn more about the program services for underserved communities.
This opportunity was very near and dear to my heart because I grew up in these communities. I chose to volunteer with C.I.S. because of my great love for serving in underserved communities, and their history with serving in these types of communities through in-school services.
I started my nonprofit organization, The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization, because of the limitations that exist in underserved communities for the youth.
I was excited to partner with Frost Bank for this amazing experience, and share my thoughts on generosity.
What does generosity mean to you?
To me, generosity means service, giving back without expecting anything in return, and giving from a place of abundance.
I am always excited to give because I want to share my gifts, talents and blessings with others. That is why I was created – to give.
With CIS, I was able to serve through my gifts of organization, cheerfulness, and a positive spirit as I interacted with the youth and administration.
Giving back in this way made me feel happy and optimistic, and I am very thankful for the amazing opportunity to partner with such amazing organizations this year!
So if you are searching for optimism and happiness, I recommend being more generous with your time, talents and treasure.
Need some help figuring out how to serve in a generous way?
Community Service Ideas
- Volunteer your skills and expertise with an organization whose mission you believe in
- Donate personal belongings to organizations in need
- Organize a clothing drive for a local charity
- Participate in fundraising events or blood drives
You can also find charities to support through Culture Map’s Charity Guide: HERE
In all honesty, if you take a look at the climate of this world, there are many opportunities for us all to give back to our communities.
We just have to make that choice.
Did you know that giving is good for you?
Key Benefits to Generosity
• Better Overall Health: Reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of depression and anxiety.
• Lowers Stress: Reduces cortisol levels, the primary driver of stress.
• Improves Relationships: Creates an environment of reciprocity and mutual impact.
• Extends Our Lives: Science shows that volunteering actually reduces mortality rates.
• Makes Us Happy: Triggers feel-good chemicals like endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin.
I would encourage you to take the next few months of the year to find a nonprofit organization to support, and make the decision to opt for optimism through community service and generosity.
I will definitely be volunteering more this year and next!
It really is better to give than to receive…