This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Angelique Sina, President, Friends of Puerto Rico
What inspired you to start giving?
I was first inspired to give when I was a Girl Scout. Their motto is “To serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.” and that focus on service has stuck with me ever since. Giving is what brings meaning and purpose to my life. It allows me to feel interconnected with those around me.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
For me, giving means that I get to serve others with something they would not have otherwise, from tangible things like items and funds to more emotional needs such as hope and encouragement. I continue to give my time and money to various communities because sharing is the backbone of the whole concept community. The greatest purpose I have in life is to invest in strong communities, organizations, and individuals so that the world is uplifted.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Small or large, what you give will have a positive impact on someone’s life. It doesn’t have to be a big, complicated project. It starts with the intention, and the creativity to look for where there’s a need and where you can contribute something, even if it’s just a kind word someone needs to hear. As the habit of giving forms, you may find new inspiration to give in bigger ways. Align yourself with others who can help, and take on projects that make a big impact on people’s lives. But start where you are — think about the change we can create if we all gave a little something every day.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
My most cherished moment has been when I visited the school and Colegio La MIlagrosa in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and I met Alexandra, a redhead freckled girl and she grabbed me by the hand and said, will you make my dream come true? I want to be recorded and sing in Hollywood. I had visited the school to meet the girls and see the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and all the work it still needs for the foster home to be repaired. Before going to the school and foster home I was thinking of how I wanted to have an organization that just made the dreams of kids come true. Giving is the most rewarding for me. I give out so little but can get so much back.