In this article, I wanted to talk about volunteering and different ways for Web Developers, Designers, Programmers, and Software Engineers to give back to their community using their skill-set.
There’s a great line in the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” when the main character was talking about giving back to your community. He talks about not giving back with money, but with your skill-set. Here’s the line from that book:
I don’t mean money. I mean your time… It’s not so hard. There’s a senior center that opened near here. Dozens of elderly people come there every day. If you’re a young man or young woman and you have a skill, you are asked to come and teach it. Say you know computers. You come there and teach them computers. You are very welcome there. And they are very grateful. This is how you start to get respect, by offering something that you have.
I couldn’t agree with this more. Sharing a skill you have not only helps others, but it will help you hone your own skills as well.
This got me thinking, what are different ways in which our tech community can volunteer their skills, give back, and have a positive impact on the world?