A timeless message of giving
Volunteering or donating can have a huge impact
By Jaylene McIntosh For the Las Cruces Bulletin
On March 26, 1944, a little girl with an enormous heart and vision for humanity wrote the following entry in her diary: “Everyone is born equal; we will all die and shed our earthly glory. Riches, power and fame last for only a few short years. Why do we cling so desperately to these fleeting things? Why can’t people who have money more than enough for their own needs give the rest to their fellow human beings?”
This profound realization came from none other than Anne Frank in an essay titled “Give!”
I first learned of this essay in 2003 during a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., while I was working for an international nonprofit. The entire essay moved me then, especially considering the international community development mission of the organization for which I worked. This message continues to speak volumes today.
Originally, I’d planned to offer information on investing in the future through giving to student scholarships and programs at Doña Ana Community College, but as I reflected on the recent devastation caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma, the nearly 70-year-old message penned by such an incredible young woman and my own need to make a difference in some small way, I felt it more important to share some broad perspectives on giving.
Whether you wish to make a difference globally, regionally or locally, consider giving through your time, talent and treasure.
The act of volunteering, giving of one’s time, can be extremely valuable to organizations. Perhaps you enjoy volunteering for a charity to help raise additional funds. Maybe you serve on an organization’s board by offering your expertise. Giving of one’s time and talent often go hand in hand.
Many times, individuals will give their time to an organization by also giving of their talent. For example, DACC has a variety of programspecific advisory boards, from architecture to welding, composed of community volunteers and local industry experts who help guide the development of programs and related curriculum to specifically meet the needs of the local work force and the mission of the college.
Additionally, these individuals may also give of their treasure. This means offering financial support to projects and programs for which one has the most affinity. Recently, a handful of businesses pooled their financial resources to establish a new scholarship for students in DACC’s new culinary arts program. Whether you are DACC alumni wanting to support a program from which you graduated or a community member wanting to ensure higher education is available to future generations, your financial support makes a significant difference.
“It takes so little effort, yet means so much,” Frank notes. At the close of her essay, she writes, “Give whatever there is to give! You can always – always – give something, even if it’s a simple act of kindness. Give and give again. Keep hoping, keep trying, keep giving! People who give will never be poor!”
May this legacy left by such a young visionary live on in your heart, and may richness find you through the spirit of giving.
Jaylene McIntosh is the director of development at Doña Ana Community College.