At Luma Wealth, we are deeply committed to community. Therefore, in honor of Make A Difference Day (this Saturday, October 27th), we’re spreading the word about making a difference by highlighting the benefits of giving, which include:
You can teach your children to be charitable. Volunteering with your children can bring you closer together and help them become more empathetic. You also benefit from the opportunity to share your values with them.
Non-profits need your time and expertise. Volunteers are vital to charitable organizations, and you may have an area of expertise or skill they need but can’t afford.
You learn more about an organization and its impact. If you volunteer for an organization before adding it to your philanthropic plan, you can learn about how it’s run and feel more comfortable about providing financial support.
Giving can make you healthier and happier. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found health benefits to giving, which causes humans to secrete serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, the “feel good” chemicals in our brains. Giving can lower your blood pressure, increase your self-esteem, reduce depression and lower stress levels.*
Need ideas for volunteering? There are many organizations around town doing important work and need your help, including:
- YWCA of Greater Cleveland, whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. https://www.ywcaofcleveland.org/volunteer/
- United Way of Greater Cleveland, whose goal is to advance education, financial stability, health and basic needs in the Cleveland community. https://www.unitedwaycleveland.org/get-involved-2/volunteer/
- Cleveland Metroparks, which offer educational programs and recreational activities throughout Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/get-involved/volunteer
- Cleveland Clinic, offering the opportunity to serve others in a healthcare environment. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/about/community/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities
*Wanna Give? This is Your Brain on a ‘Helper’s High,’ November 15, 2016,