There was an article recently posted by the ADA about Lenny Kravitz along with his Manhattan-based dentist, Dr. Jonathan Levine, giving back to his home town on the island Eleuthera in the Bahamas. They arranged annual dental trips to help the people where he was raised by providing dental care to those in need, as there is only one dentist on the entire island.
“Dr. Levine’s GLO Good Foundation teamed up with musician Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Foundation to bring free dental care to more than 400 Eleuthera locals in 2019.”
Giving back to your community can be very fulfilling, allowing you to make a positive impact, while helping to improve the lives of those in need. Those who take the initiative to give their time to others typically find the leadership itself is very rewarding because it gives them the opportunity to share their passion, values, and inspiration with others. Not to mention, there are studies that prove that volunteering makes people feel physically healthier, keeps chronic health conditions managed, and lowers stress! Giving and being unselfish can actually protect your health and prolong your life.
What can I do to give back to my community?
-Plan a food or toy drive around the holidays to donate to your local shelter or the Red Cross.
-Offer to donate a year of dental care to family in need.
-Make a donation to a foundation such as Oral Health America.
-Conduct a free “Oral Cancer Screening Day” in your office.
-Donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other items to missions’ trips or your local shelter.
Offering to give your services can help you find new opportunities for your own business. It gives you great exposure while allowing you to broaden your social network and discover other organizations in your community.
Volunteering is a great outlet for meeting others, helping yourself stay healthy, and it just feels good! So why not get out there and give back?