PhRMA's Day of Service

PhRMA's Day of Service

03.30.11 | By John Castellani

Wherever I have worked, I've been impressed by colleagues who find the time in their otherwise busy lives to volunteer to help those in need. Their efforts to give back to the community and improve the lives of their neighbors is an inspiration. It reminds us all to take the time and look up from our work-a-day lives and to think about what we might do to help reach out to our neighbors in need and make our community a better place to live.

Whenever I can and in any way I can, I've followed that inspiration and made the effort to volunteer. That's the reason I'm excited about PhRMA's Day of Service at the Shepherd Elementary School in Northwest Washington, D.C. While at PhRMA we talk a lot about improving the health of children and helping to prevent avoidable diseases, this is a hands-on effort to upgrade the school's athletic facilities and help to promote physical activity and better health among Shepherd's students.

That so many at PhRMA have enthusiastically embraced this project and the Day of Service is particularly gratifying. Better still, I'm a great believer in a sort of good-deeds multiplier effect. I know well from fellow volunteers that once you've committed to help, what you gain through the giving will multiply in your life and allow you to find ever more ways of helping.

If you can help and want to help, there are great opportunities in your community - at schools, retirement homes, hospitals, food-banks, churches and temples. If you don't know where to start, try Greater DC Cares here in Washington, D.C. They can help connect you with a worthy project or organization in need of your special talents and skills. And, if you're not in D.C., there are organizations like Greater DC Cares in cities and counties across the country. As with anything, sometimes taking the first step is the hardest. But if you do, the rewards of service and giving always out-weigh the effort.

John J. Castellani

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