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A creative blog by Tracy Larrua on The Whole 9

Tracy (or Trace, as friends call her) Larrua lives and works between Hawaii and L.A. A seasoned pr/marcom specialist who has worked primarily in the hospitality and entertainment industries, she enjoys teaching her “Get The Word Out” pr workshops and volunteering her time with non-profits. When not glued to her sassy MacBook, you can find her relaxing at the beach, enjoying live theatre, or at a BBQ with friends.

“Give To Receive. Your Community Thanks You!”

One thing that I am a huge fan of is donating time to worthy organizations. The thing is, these days we are flooded with all kinds of organizations or non-profits or clubs or charities that could use some help. Here’s what I suggest. Find an organization you are passionate about, or a cause that you can really get behind, and give them a call. In these trying times of less is less vs. less is more, many groups I have spoken to are happy to receive just about anything. I’ve spoken with an organization that used to only collect canned goods. Now they are accepting gently worn clothing as well as toiletries. Another group I spoke to is accepting volunteers to assist with one of their many programs, as they are so short staffed. Right now, it takes a village or at least a few more extra hands.

For me, I decided it was time to lend a hand or two with assisting non-profit organizations with their pr and marketing plans. As you know, or don’t know, having someone on staff to cover the pr and marketing side is a luxury that most organizations simply cannot afford. Personally, it is nice to lend a hand to someone or a group of folks who could use some guidance in how to promote their services, or how to raise funds or how to get their name out there. For me, it is actually…. fun. And, in my particular way of helping i.e. press releases, or coming up with ideas to raise awareness, I get to share some advice and tips with those who could really use the assistance. The other thing that is great about donating some time or services is that you unknowingly make new “things” happen. New energy evolves. You make new friends, new acquaintances, and even learn about a service in the community that can really help others. By volunteering, you actually open your head and take a peek into an area that you normally don’t spend much time in, making you (hopefully) more creative in whatever it is that you do.

Whether you are a painter, sculptor, musician, writer, designer, actor or simply an arts advocate, giving back to the community in whatever part of the world you live in, is a wonderful way to receive (and I’m not talking about material things). It is a way to open up your heart and help others– just because. Now get out there and get involved. Share your talents. Your community thanks you!

  1. There’s something hugely liberating when you give time and energy to a cause. I don’t do it nearly enough, or as much as I used to. I’m glad you put this post up!

    Getting out of your own head and putting energy into a purposeful goal for others is truly one of the best things you can do for your community.

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