The best way to do ourselves good is to be doing good to others.
- Thomas Brooks
This month, Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day here. Our guests slept better, thanks to the new mattresses in every room—a remarkable gift from TEMPUR-PEDIC®. And I’m sure that the 140 volunteers who removed and re-installed all 77 mattresses and box springs (an eight-hour labor of love) also rested contentedly—not only because they worked so hard, but because they enjoyed the lingering pleasure of doing good (as well as the great McDonald’s® lunches provided by Doug Wacker).
Which raises a question: Who are we here for?
Obviously and fundamentally, we’re here for the families of seriously ill children, who rely on our hospitality during a critical time. However, RMHC’s presence is equally meaningful for thousands of others who want and need to serve. Whether helping weekly, fulfilling a periodic responsibility, or participating in a one-time project, each of our volunteers plays an integral role—and benefits from the inherent satisfaction derived from their involvement.
Recent studies suggest that busy people who give of their time feel as if they actually have more time. Volunteers also live longer than non-volunteers—confirming what Brooks suggested more than 300 years ago.
Friday the 13th was a vivid reminder that doing good for others is ultimately good for us. Which is probably why so many of the volunteers thanked us for the opportunity. I guess that made us lucky all around.
Tom Soma, Executive Director
(Historical note: Thomas Brooks was a British writer and preacher who lived from 1608-1680)