Giving is a part of my daily life

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When I was ten years old I started doing volunteer work at a local hospital. Back then it was limited to carting books around to patients' rooms, offering a big smile and hopefully something they would enjoy reading. Volunteering
Volunteering helping hands and mentoring has been part of my life continuously since then, sometimes taking as much time as my income-earning work.

Over the years my service work has broadened and now I really experience the whole world as "my community", and know that making a difference in my neighborhood or doing it in a place thousands of miles away is actually making at least some difference everywhere for all of us. Image courtesy of KiddaiKiddeeStudio at


About fifteen years ago I founded a special nonprofit organization that was  inspired by my work with many struggling nonprofit organizations. Now I join with a handful of others in leading this umbrella group that facilitates many grass roots projects. A project can be a single individual or a group of dozens but each one is dedicated to making a difference in their community.

We've helped a woman in the USA who retired and had a little savings to start a school in Africa that's now serving over a hundred children and beginning to provide clean drinking water to a village that has struggled with water-borne illnesses for decades. All that with her starter investment of less than $10,000! And then there is the $200 invested to buy a sewing machine for two women in Uzbekistan, one blind and the other unable to use her hands, both with young children to feed. The two teamed up using one's good eyes and the other's good hands to produce beautiful clothing. The sales earned enough to keep their children healthy and pay for some schooling. I love what so little can do when it's put into the right hands!

Close to home I  find bigger opportunities to contribute but really value many of the smaller ones just as much. Picking up trash as I walk in the parks or along our beaches (I live on Kauai), doing some food shopping for those who are frail and can't easily drive now, things that are easy to work into my daily life that make our lives happier or better in some way.

The small acts of kindness I received when I was low always touched me deeply. I think it is easy for any of us to make a big difference even by  small gestures. Just a smile can lift someone's spirits - and that's a big gift when someone is down or lonely. Image courtesy of sixninepixels at



Giving is a great way to participate in life every day!

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Kathleen Luiten, REALTOR Broker                                                                         


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Comments (10)

Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

I love that Giving is part of your daily life.  It is not only Christmas time  that one should give.  Thanks for sharing this inspiration!

Dec 16, 2015 10:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Good job Kathleen Luiten I think to many people use "busy" as an excuse not to help their fellow man. One beautiful thing about the flood we had that devastated 1/4 of our town in 2011 was seeing so many people come together to help others.

Dec 16, 2015 10:14 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A co-worker from Silicon Valley has been a missionary in Uzbekistan for about 10 years. His wife decided to be ordained as a minister as well. Together they spread the word of god and help the locals. About 1/3 of the mission are Russians with fair skin and light hair the rest were Eurasians. Some came from Muslim faith.


Dec 16, 2015 10:52 AM
Kathleen Luiten

We have several projects in Uzbekistan, Sam Shueh. We started there over 15 years ago and in recent years it has been more difficult because the government is limiting nonprofit activities. Maybe they are not restricting ministries as much so your friends are able to work more freely. Thanks for sharing their work with me. 

Dec 16, 2015 11:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with you,  It is not a once in a while affair.  

Dec 16, 2015 11:13 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Kathleen - What you are doing, and have done, is absolutely awesome. You are right that what we may thing as something little or small, could actually end up really making a big difference. Keep up the good work.

Dec 16, 2015 02:57 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You are doing a great job of payiing it forward. Thank you for sharing.

Dec 16, 2015 07:46 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Big scale or small scale, it's all important and so wonderful what you have done and are still doing.  Great entry for the contest.

Dec 16, 2015 07:48 PM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Good morning Kathleen, you go the extra mile and I ask myself why can't I be more like you. What an inspirational story to help others and also have time pick up trash on the side. 

Dec 16, 2015 10:02 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathleen - I like how you started volunteering very young - it's obvious that it remains an important part of your daily life.  

Dec 16, 2015 10:39 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

You sound like you just have a huge heart Kathleen.  You are an inspiration to us all.  Thanks for sharing your story.

Dec 17, 2015 12:05 AM