Perhaps I'm struggling with a mid life crisis but I'm thinking a lot more about the meaning of life these days. About doing meaningful things and what's really important when all the crap is out of the way. I have so far come up with children and becoming a grandfather as some things in life I really care about. Turns out I also care about helping others which has dramatically grown in importance after having my own children. Which brings me to Matthew over at ChildsplayX2 and his work with YMCA
Unlike Matthew I don't help others in my job. I'm highly compensated and like what I do but I don't make a difference in someones life. I don't build anything, give someone shelter, put lunch on their table, educate anyone, or give someone a helping hand with day care. I just throw around billions of dollars on a daily basis and create profits. Fun but meaningless in the big picture. Bottom line is this. If I die, no one really cares. It has little or no impact on others. If the people working at YMCA die, the negative impact on many families and children will be significant.
Matthew works with the YMCA and help families and children who are in need of assistance. Last week he posted a short note on his site asking for a few extra dollars for his organization. He says,
But the American Dream is expensive. Many of our parents work more than one job. Many cann not speak enough English to help their children with their homework. Many cannot afford quality, reliable childcare. That’s where we come in. We provide childcare to over 1,000 kids a day at 8 different schools and sites.Most of these kids are subsidized through grants but our licensed childcare programs are fee-based. Ninety-percent of the kids that come through our doors are eligible for financial aid. And since it is our goal never to turn anyone away due to an inability to pay, we must raise funds to cover the costs of our subsidies.
In other words, the funds go to families who are working hard but need a little extra help with their children. Day care, school, etc. If you have kids, you know this tends to be outrageously expensive and can be a huge burden even with a good salary.
I personally hate corruption. That's why I don't give money to the Red Cross, UN, or any other large organization. I don't like seeing 80% or my money going into some local warlords pocket. I also rather give money to someone who works hard and wants to give her kids a better future than a local drunk just looking for a fix. That might sound odd but it makes perfect sense in my little world.
Since Matthew is involved I don't feel like I'm giving money to strangers even though we only know each other through the web. If you have a few dollars left over this month, head on over to Matthew's site and give a helping hand. You can give money at the corporate site or through Matthew personally. It's a nice things to do and you will have a direct impact on children. Who knows, you and me might find ourselves needing similar assistance at some point in the future.
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