Why it’s Important to Give Back to the Community

Posted by Jesse Willms on October 01, 2010

Here on my blog I talk a lot about the various charities and non-profit groups I support, and I’ve shared with you the fact that I was inspired by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates – both of whom are giving half their fortune away to charity – but there’s more to it than that.

While we weren’t wealthy, I realize that I was very lucky when I was growing up. I had a stable family life with parents who supported me, financially and emotionally. I had access to a home computer and an Internet connection to start my first business. There was always food on the table, and poverty was not a part of my life or the lives of anyone I knew.

But, the truth is, most people are not nearly as fortunate.

Millions and millions of people end up growing up in abject poverty – and it’s not their fault. Honestly, it’s the luck of the draw. Some of us are born into comfortable families, and some of us are born into communities that face the ravages of famine, war and other terrible circumstances.

Yet, they are people just like us. It’s not their fault that they are suffering. Don’t we owe them the same chances that we had when we were growing up? Isn’t it our obligation to provide them with the hope of a better life? Shouldn’t we ask what we should do to say, “thank you” for the luck that we have had in our lives?

We are all connected to each and every other person in the world. We all share the same humanity. Even though our circumstances are different, we are all created equal.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do something to try to make the world a better place. The truth is that poverty doesn’t ever have to occur. It’s not a natural state of nature.

Poverty happens when people simply don’t care. There are more than enough resources in the world for everyone to have shelter, be well fed and have reasonable opportunities to live a better life.

The problem is that so many of these resources are concentrated in the hands of too few people. There are people in the world that could eat for a week on what we put into our garbage cans each day.

So, that’s why I give back to the community – because I believe it is a moral imperative and the obligation of each and every one of us to do what we can.