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A Start-Up Story: Aditi Verma Hopes to Foster the Next Generation of Helpers

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ― Mother Teresa  As an adult I have found one universal truth - offering your hand to help others is the secret to fulfillment. When I am able to do anything for someone else, it fills me with joy and in a strange way gives me strength in the form of gratitude. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but the more I do for others the more gratitude and love I feel. As a child, I was always a motivated helper. I pitched in without being asked and often wanted to surprise my mother by doing things to help her. It was innate in me to think about what I could do to make her happy. In looking at my own children, I often see glimpses of this. The way they light up when they scheme to surprise me with a handmade gift or by unexpectedly doing a chore. But, I also know that this spirit of giving has to be fostered and cultivated. We need to encourage kindness, selflessness and place a value on helping others. We also need to look for ways to help outside of our own homes -- although it's not always easy to know where to start. It's also not easy to know the best way to foster the next generation of helpers. This is why I was drawn to the story of Aditi Verma, a Washington DC area mother of two who helped establish an organization that connects people wanting to help with individuals or organizations in need of assistance. Aditi, along with Priti Bansal, created HelpingTown in September 2012. Their inspiring vision statement says it all: "HelpingTown has been born, as a vision to enable grassroots volunteerism in every community, as a conviction that our collective spirit of giving is boundless, and as an ultimate dream to strengthen the bonds of love that tie us all together into one human brotherhood. " Please read Aditi's start-up story and learn how you can get involved. … [Read More...]

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