Reliv employee Teresa Powers shares her perspective on making a difference.
One of my favorite quotations is one you’re probably familiar with by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” His words have always helped fuel my passion to help others through volunteer work with local organizations and contributing to worthy charities.
I’m a huge believer that any good you do has a positive ripple effect. Make a Difference Day is a great time to share our stories of helping others in the hopes that they will inspire others to take action as well. Each of us has a part to play, and we can inspire and encourage each other to make an impact.
As a Reliv employee, I’ve had the chance to get to know many of you throughout the years whether it was on the phones, seeing you at conference while I man the Online Tool booth, or chit chatting as you come through for a company tour. Like many of you, the Kalogris Foundation is something I enthusiastically support with my monthly donation as well as donating gift boxes to children for Papa Noel around the holidays. Here’s another project that I think will put a smile on your face like it has for many children.
In 2011, my family and I were honored to help build a new playground that was planned, designed and built through a non-profit organization called Unlimited Play. This isn’t just any typical playground though; it’s a fully accessible playground. What does that mean?
While most playgrounds alienate or limit children with special needs, these playgrounds encourage kids of all abilities and needs to interact, socialize and play together. They literally break down barriers and make it physically possible for kids to get back to what they want to do most, which is play. Best of all, children of adults with all physical abilities have the opportunity to play with their parents. This is particularly meaningful because it gives disabled veterans a place to play with their children without impediment.
This playground is named “Brendan’s Playground” after a special guy in my life, my nephew, who was born with Rothmund-Thompson Syndrome. He’s one of the coolest kids I know and doesn’t let anything hold him back or take the smile off his face.
Focus on body, mind and spirit is part of Reliv’s core values and projects like these build strong foundations within a community to help children and adults get to play as a family without restriction. Though it was rainy that day, I was honored to be joined by co-workers that I’m lucky enough to call friends.
As individuals we create positive ripples that reach far and wide. When we combine our efforts, we make tidal waves. I’d love to hear about projects and volunteer opportunities in which you participate. We all make a difference.
How have you made a difference? How has someone made a difference in your life?