The Land of Oz: Resolution for People Who Need a Resolution

Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and a writer by hobby.  He lives in Tuscaloosa with wife Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah and Anica.   Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and a writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with wife Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah and Anica. Derek Osborn

I don't know if I buy into New Year’s resolutions.  A couple of years ago, I wrote about how most them fail before January 30. In fact, 33 percent of resoluters (is that a word?) admit defeat just from failure to keep track of progress. And 23 percent forget about what they set out to alter in the first place. Approximately 88 percent fail in total. Sort of pointless, huh?

So, I’ve got one for you: Get involved with a local non-profit. 

And before you turn the page … no, I’m not talking about writing a huge check from the money that Great Aunt Phyllis left you.  This is about involvement, and investment, and contributing something worthwhile to the community.   

There are a multitude of ways to become involved that don’t mandate a financial obligation. And more importantly, choosing a local non-profit directly impacts the area in which we live and eat and shop and raise kids. 

If you are one of those people who are concerned with how quickly our fair city is growing and changing, then you have two choices: Sit back and wait for the next issue to arise, or get up and do what you can to make it better. 

Here are just a few ways that you can get involved and how some non-profits could use your help:

Volunteer: Not all non-profits need volunteers all the time. But when they do, volunteers can be the most important aspect of the success of an organization. 

Serve on a Board: There are plenty of organizations that may need dedicated board members. Different organizations have different by-laws, but most of them meet anywhere from monthly to quarterly, and they could probably benefit from your input. 

Do Your Homework: If you knew how many non-profits there were in the West Alabama area, and how many different programs and services they provide, you would be shocked.  Hop online and do some research. Find one or two whose mission and services interest you, and pick up the phone. They may not be in need immediately, but eventually, they will.  

Non-profits utilize their funding and assets differently than for-profit corporations. Rather than maximize profit, their business is to maximize social impact. At the local level, you, and your family, benefit either directly or indirectly, whether you realize it or not. These local non-profits employ thousands of people providing a multitude of services, therefore injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.  

So, get involved. Odds are that you will find a rewarding experience for yourself – all while making our community a better, safer place to live. And if you don't have the time but are happy to write a check, they’ll take it. Aunt Phyllis would be proud of you. 

I tweet insignificant things @ozborn34.            

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Derek Osborn

Executive Director at PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, the only  non-profit agency in the Tuscaloosa area that informs and educates the parents, students, and community about the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Website: www.prideoftuscaloosa.org/

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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