This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Tausi Suedi, CEO & Founder, Childbirth Survival International.
What inspired you to start giving?
It makes the world a better place for most people. Especially the underserved, marginalized, and the voiceless who also have hopes, goals, and dreams no different from many of us who are able to achieve those aspirations.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
Giving is living. Whether it is your family, your community, your place of worship, your friends, or your country, there’s no day that passes by and you have not given back either time, talent, or money. I have seen lives transform for the best through simple and basic interventions, enough to get individuals to the path of success, recovery, and prosperity. That inspires me to continue making a difference for others through giving without expecting anything in return from them.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Start with what you have and make the intention to cultivate giving back in your day-to-day life. Look for that cause, mission, or organization that is doing incredible work, has a successful track record of making a difference, and give back by volunteering, donating money, and/or sharing treasurers in good condition that will help someone else. Sharing is powerful; I encourage individuals to share their experiences in giving to inspire others to give.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
In October 2017, I volunteered with United Way of Central Maryland’s 6th Annual Project Homeless Connect in Baltimore, MD. This was my first time and a memorable experience. To see the Convention Center overflowing with so many people experiencing homelessness or poverty and the many volunteers (including myself) giving their time to support and guide individuals plus families seeking services was a humbling experience. I remember the lady I helped, all she needed was an ID (even though I told her of the other services available including free dental cleaning!) and that gave us time to sit down, eat, and chat. Through the years, I learned sometimes giving back can be a smile or words of encouragement to show you genuinely care…it made a difference for the lady I was matched up with.