The current situation in Southern California has prompted me to begin wondering what I can do as a mother in business to give back to the community.
As I last saw, nearly 1,500 homes have been lost in the fires. People who worked so hard to purchase a home now have nothing left: not only are the structures gone, but the memories inside have vanished with the ashes, along with photographs, personal items, clothing and sentimentals.
As a business owner, I believe I am in a great position to help others. I know people in business through my professional contacts, and these people can offer great resources to those in need. I am also privy to information and resources that someone who does not own or manage a company is not privy to. I can oftentimes locate things that I need rather quickly because I know where to go to find them, as I have had to find them before as a business owner.
While watching the news this past week, my heart went out to the community and to the people living in my community who are now homeless. I began to realize that as a mother in business, I am in a great position to do some good.
I also believe that as a mother, as a parent, it is my responsibility to teach my daughters to help others who are less fortunate. Lessons like this teach compassion of others, which is so important. Our children learn from our actions, not our words. You can tell our children to do good things, but if you are not modeling what is good for them, they will likely not pick that up.
So I’ve set up a drive in our neighborhood in which my three and a half year old and I will be purchasing boxes, making signs and displaying drop boxes at several locations in order to raise items for infants to children aged eighteen who no longer have a home. I have been able to use business contacts to find places in which to host these boxes. I’ve been able to use mommy contacts to do the same.
It pleased me last night when my daughter told my husband during dinner that we are helping out people who lost their homes in the fire. She said that we would be making the children happy. So, she gets it, at least on some level. And my hope is that over the years, as we do more and more to give back, she will get it even more.
If you are a mother in business – if you are anyone in business – take some time this weekend to reflect on how you can help out those in the community who have less than you, and how you might be able to involve your children so that they can grow to be compassionate adults.
Don’t let a natural disaster happen before you get moving.
Have a kind and compassionate weekend.