I feel honored to have been asked to write a guest post for Cathy Miller while she is currently in San Francisco to support her teammates as they walk there as part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure event.  She herself will be doing the 3-Day, 60-Mile Walk For Breast Cancer in San Diego in November – amazingly her 8th walk for this cause!

So while Cathy continues to generously give so much for others, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my thoughts on volunteerism, especially highlighting the health benefits to the volunteer!

You can follow Cathy on Twitter, and also via her business writing sites: Simply Stated Business and Simply Stated Health Care.


  1. Yes, we can make a difference… in all sorts of ways, large and small.

  2. My partner and I recently helped support our neighbor who participated in a 24-hour walk to cure cancer, and we visited the stadium while the walk was happening.

    As Anne says, we should do what we can, large and small. Sometimes I give my time. Sometimes I give my money.

    • That’s a lovely, concise way to put it, John. My philosophy too. Every little helps – I think many people have misconceptions about what volunteerism/donation has to mean. It can be anything from baking a pie for someone in need in your community, to giving millions of dollars to your chosen cause. Every single penny, hour, or even smile can make a huge difference to someone.

  3. As each year passes, I become more convinced that helping our neighbor is critical to our society. At first I had to remind myself. Now, it’s pretty much second nature. Some day, I have no doubt, I’ll need help and hopefully there’ll be something in the bank to draw on.

    • That’s so true, Jacqui – some day we’ll all need to get some help from others. The more we can encourage everyone to do a little something now, the more we’ll have in the bank for everyone in the future.