This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Robin E Gathman, Tradeshow and Special Events Manager, PlanmecaUSA, Inc
What inspired you to start giving?
My mom always gave her time to the schools. I learned from her. As I got older, my kids were grown, I looked for opportunities and found so many in the dental field which is where I have worked for the past 30 years.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
Giving to me is paying back and helping others. Until you get out there and share your time and talents with those who may not have the resources to better themselves you have no idea the real needs of others. The more I do the more I want to do.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
That is really an easy question. What do you do for a living? You can mentor other or you can give someone your services who cannot otherwise afford it. What associations do you belong to or want to belong to? They usually have some sort of program for giving back. If you have small children and time is limited, give an hour to their school. Small children are proud of having their parents in their school. There is always church and religious organizations that you can volunteer at.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
There are so many. Recently I spent 3 days in Hutchinson Kansas assisting in the radiology area of the Mission of Mercy event there. Our company donated the use of 4 panoramic machines. I currently coordinate the use of our machines at this type of charitable event. Over 75% of the people that came for dental work needed extractions because they had not had access to dental care in years if ever. We took over 700 x-rays in two days, which provided the dentists accurate information to do the necessary work easily and accurately. Speaking with the patents, hearing their stories tore your heart out. There were a few patients that also volunteer their time after they had their fillings done. That is the best ever when they give back to the organization.