2015 – Year of the Volunteer


“Your life is your message to the world, make sure it’s inspiring.” ~Unknown

Generations of Compassion of Foundation was started to provide and foster compassion, tolerance and humanity for future generations. In Mom’s words, “These are life learned lessons like no other!! After all, all that you leave in this world to your loved ones is your legacy- not money (spent too soon) or things you probably didn’t want anyway, but how to share, care, love unconditionally and good times spent together.” A small group of committed family and friends came together to make a difference; set an example for their children and grandchildren; and with every small act, improve humanity. We have experienced tears of compassion and joy, frustration when we couldn’t do more, and great inspiration in each small act of compassion we’ve been able to provide.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”     ~Helen Keller

The greatest challenge we face as an organization and in being the older generation is involving our younger generations in acts of compassion so we can teach them while encouraging the involvement of our community. In 2015, this is our focus. We will provide acts of compassion through volunteerism – acts that require our time, our hearts, across generations within our communities. We are planning acts throughout the year, large and small, that will bring together young and not-so-young to work together. We will partner with other organizations, we will reach out to involve more volunteers, we will help to better humanity and set the example for the next generations. I’m sure there will be more tears of joy, compassion, and empathy as well!

“A single act of kindness is like a drop of oil on a patch of dry skin – seeping, spreading, and affecting more than the original need.”
~Richelle E. Goodrich

As we move forward each new friend who joins us; each grandparent, niece, nephew, and child who helps; each small act we can provide is a new drop of compassion ‘oil’ on the world– seeping in, healing, restoring. It is our time; time to encourage, applaud, and empower compassion in a world of violence, indifference, and greed. This is what we carry in our hearts. This is our legacy.

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” ~Goethe

With Compassion,toni
Toni Backstrom
Generations of Compassion Foundation

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