Keep On Volunteering

Brandon Hicks, Student-at-Law
McDougall Gauley LLP

We all get caught up in the daily grind. Appointments, social gatherings, and work take up all of our time, yet we still must cook dinner and clean the house. We really are living in the moment. Unfortunately, sometimes those moments are difficult to enjoy because it’s always go-go-go.McDougall Gauley Hicks Brandon

In order to fully enjoy life and have a meaningful existence, there must be more than just always doing “something,” and there is. It’s doing “something different”.

I know what you’re thinking at this point, “I’m already stretched thin with all of these demands. How could I add anything else?”

But instead of adding something more, try something different. Take 20 minutes to think of all the “somethings” you are doing and determine whether they align with your long-term goals. If they don’t (and guaranteed you’ll think of one or two), stop doing them.

If you’re like me, you’re going to want to find something to fill that gap. Volunteering is a great way to slow down and do “something different” that also makes a difference. Identify organizations in your area that could use some help, will benefit from your time, and align with your long-term goals, then dive in.

Now that we’ve covered adding purpose in your life, let’s move on to adding purpose after life. If you believe in the organization you’re volunteering with and are wondering how you can make a long-term difference, a specific gift to that organization in your will may be what you’re looking for. Specific gifts allow you gift assets to an individual or organization. This could be in the form of cash, or things like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Talking with the organization’s staff in conjunction with a wills and estates lawyer can turn your desire to continue giving after life into a reality. The organization staff will identify projects could use continued funding and a lawyer can properly draft your will.

It is important to take stock of your goals and values, and to identify activities that are going to give you the most satisfaction. By drafting a proper will with specific gifts to those organizations you hold dear, you can continue to volunteer long after you are able to donate your time.