With many businesses focused on the bottom line and maximizing their profits, it is encouraging to find companies who are determined to make a difference in the world. In the past decade, military support programs have regained popularity, and many people and corporations have chosen military and veteran support as their area to give back through. As American actor and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital founder Danny Thomas said, “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
In today’s society, people believe “the bigger, the better,” but with volunteering, every act of kindness makes a difference in society. Simple acts such as baking cookies for someone or serving food at a homeless shelter matter just as much as writing a $1,000,000 check to an organization. People justify not giving back because they do not have enough time or money for it to matter, but the beauty of volunteering is that every effort matters. A simple act of kindness can brighten someone’s day and start a chain of kindness that first began when one person decided to make a difference. We all cannot afford to write a large donation check, but we all can afford to do something.
Businesses are similar to individuals with the idea that everyone has a unique skillset, full of talents that can be used to bless others. Just like society is made up of a host of individual differences, the corporate world is made up of a host of companies who each have something special to offer. Within a company’s industry, numerous opportunities are available to step up and have a positive impact in the local community and even world. These companies are leading the charge to take their talents and specific niches and help military families and veterans in all areas of their lives:
- Bank of America– donates properties to non-profit organizations who give homes to military veterans and first responders
- Caliber Collision– Recycled Rides, provides refurbished vehicles to active-duty military and veterans
- Purina– Pure Love for Pets, created to raise money for Dogs on Deployment
- Sword & Plough– employs military veterans to refurbish leftover military material into bags and apparel
- Two Men and a Truck– Movers for Military, collects personal care items in the community to distribute to shelters that care for veterans
- Walgreens– gives free flu vaccines to veterans
- The Walt Disney Company– Veterans Institute, provides veteran program resources to all businesses in hopes of increasing the hiring of veterans
Whether you are a housewife, entrepreneur, or CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation, we can all do something to help others during their time of need. Just as these companies found their areas of interest to be supporting military families and veterans, everyone has a passion and talent that can be used to have a positive impact in the world. No matter the size of your effort, take the initiative to make the world a better place…one act of kindness at a time.
About the author: Valerie enjoys swimming, traveling, baking, and playing with her puppy, Emma. Some of her favorites include Taylor Swift, Coke Zero, and Grey’s Anatomy, and she enjoys living life to the fullest but also making time to enjoy the small moments.