How Service Uplifts Individuals and Organizations

How Service Uplifts Individuals and Organizations
From Recruiter - December 28, 2016

I dont know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.Albert Schweitzer

Service uplifts all of us. I do not buy the dogma that service, to be legitimate, must come from a selfless place because service has the capacity to remake those of us with low self-esteem, cynicism, anger, and any form of disillusionment.

Maya Angelou said, When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.

Service is a key ingredient in personal transformation. Even a self-loathing individual who commits to service will wake up one morning to find that theylike or even love the person theyhave become. On a spiritual level, we become what we pay attention to.

Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Right now, this is the kind of message that I believe many of us need to hear. Our culture has accumulated quite a bit of poison, and it is happening at the very time when we have much to be grateful for.

Community service and giving elevate entire corporate cultures and individual career paths. When we bring community service into an organization, it binds that workplace togetherandit binds us all tosomething greater than ourselves.

I have had the privilege of working with many of our countrys great leaders. Among those leaders was Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, president and CEO of LA Family Housing. The organization provides housing to more than 3,000 of Los Angeless homeless, primarily families. Stephaniescourage to change and grow is inspiring. When a client discusses charitable giving, I routinely recommend they donateto LA Family Housing because their money will be used wisely and with complete integrity. Stephanie has devoted her entire professional life to underserved populations, families with low incomes, and the homeless.

Recently, I had the chance to talk to Stephanie about her career of community service. What follows is a transcript of that conversation:

David Harder: What role does LA Family Housing play in Los Angeles?

Stephanie Klasky-Gamer:We provide a unique role in that we demonstrate homelessness is a solvable problem. We can end it. We have developed the flexibility and creativity to meet homelessness in all of its various stages, and these solutions are becoming templates for homeless organizations throughout the country.

DH:You bring up the diversity of examples in homelessness. What do you mean by that?


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