Aerobic, 5mi, PDR (last mile RPE 7-8, hold to the fire)
Smokey the volunteer! Dutiful, loyal, a go-gettin’ doer (as far as Coonhounds go).
The Corporation for National and Community Service indicates that 62 million Americans volunteered 7.9 billion hours worth $184 billion in estimated value of service. And according to the National Philanthropic Trust, Americans donated $373 billion in 2015.
Volunteering and donating to charities is appealing because of the intrinsic benefits: it can reduce stress, it enhances social relationships, it is related to positive emotional experiences and life satisfaction. It is a pure opportunity to execute intrinsic motivation.
So that’s why alleged misappropriation of donated funds like that in the news currently is exceptionally off-putting.
(Yeah, just keep your jock strapped, this isn’t a partisan post)
Because our volunteerism or donation is motivated by altruism and a desire to serve others,
…to think that the use of the time and $ is driven by greed, incompetence
…just might erode people’s intrinsic interest in helping.
Certainly, no one thinks their charitable donations are being used in some “for profit” capacity, or to make car payments, or pay the rent, or buy the groceries of foundation executives (or any other irresponsible use of time and funds).
The spirit of intrinsic engagement (livin’ life like Smokey!)
…the ability to help others, the feeling of being a part of something bigger than the self
And since helping and giving are have such a positive influence on our physical, psychological and social selves
…that’s the last thing we need.