Is it better to GIVE than to Receive?
There are huge benefits in volunteering, felt by you, your family and your community. CPR Choice understands the value of giving back and looks for every opportunity to make an impact! In the past couple years, CPR Choice has led the charge on numerous volunteer/charity initiatives and are continuously looking for more ways to get involved and give back. We want to make a difference in our community! While we feel it is important to teach CPR, we know there are other issues that can use our help. We want to live our mission, not just say it!
We want to SAVE LIVES!
Here are a few of our projects:
- Last year we worked with our customers & friends and collected nearly 10,000 pairs of shoes for people in Ecuador and Haiti. The shoes were donated to Dando Amor and given to orphaned children and adults with no shoes.
- During the 2013 holiday season we coordinated a canned food drive for 2nd Harvest food bank and collected hundreds of canned goods. This helped local people in Tennessee that were hungry.
- Each year we pick a few non-profit organizations and train all of their personnel at no charge.
- CPR Choice staff have volunteered their time to offer first aid for community events. Earlier this year we were on-site for the Glow Trot fun run 5K and we helped sponsor Knoxville’s Party in Pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
- CPR Choice has also helped fund a new automated external defibrillator (AED) for 1 local hospital and 1 local church.
- Currently we are collecting Peanut Butter for The Second Harvest Food Bank. Our goal was 500 jars but we have already surpassed it! We are still collecting until December 20th.
We know it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a difference and the rewards are amazing. Here’s a few of the benefits we found:
- Networking– volunteering is a great way to meet new people, help build stronger relationships with current friends if you volunteer together and for some can help combat loneliness and depression. Committing to a time and place is a great way to manage your week and provides you with social interaction, while helping others. Everyone benefits.
- Learning a new skill– volunteering can open the door to new skills. It can be a technical skill, such as filing, using a new computer program, or it can also include social skills, overcoming shyness and learning to relate to people. These newly acquired skills can be utilized anywhere, including your job or in a relationship.
- Self-worth– volunteering provides a feeling of self-worth and/or an increase in self-esteem. Providing support to people in need is a humbling experience, leaving you feeling good about volunteering and ultimately feeling good about yourself. This feeling becomes addictive and we have found that we want to continue to help, there are so many people in need.
THANK YOU to all our customers and friends for helping us help others! We are committed to increasing our giving next year and would love for you all to be a part of our success. Stay tuned for our new volunteer activities in 2015! Our mission is to “SAVE LIVES”; we don’t just say it…WE MEAN IT! We hope to exercise our HEARTS by reaching down and lifting up others in need!