This month, our goal at La Mesa RV is to highlight the ways in which you can give back to the communities you’re apart of… and to put our money where our mouth is. That’s right, we’re throwing an event! Come help us celebrate the RV and pup-loving communities of Sacramento with our first West Sac showroom event. Our one-of-a-kind Community Dog Walk is on Saturday, September 29th from 10 Am – Noon. The donation-based event (all proceeds go to local West Sac animal shelters) will have everything from a showroom walk, opportunities to adopt, giveaways, a pup photo booth, pop-up shops and an educational workshop on RVing with your pets. To learn more about the event, check out the details here.
We are thrilled to introduce you to Denise Domke, President and CEO of West Sacramento’s Chamber of Commerce. We had the unique pleasure to sit down with Denise and chat all things ‘giving back.’ Her insight on how you can contribute to your own community is deeply inspiring. To learn what you can do to be involved with your community, where to volunteer, and how to obtain resources to stay in the know of upcoming opportunities to work in your community, read her interview below.
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Hi Denise! Thanks so much for chatting with us. What is your advice for someone who wants to give back to their community but doesn’t know where to start?
DD: Ask yourself, “what do I love?” and then find an effort that supports your interest. Remember, you may not get a lot of attention for your efforts but your engagement makes a difference.
What resources do you suggest for West Sac locals to go to in order to “stay in the know?”
DD: Sign up for the WS Chamber’s weekly emails and check our website. You can also get great information through the City and Chamber’s social media platforms.
What are the types of ways people can give back?
DD: Help Yolo County Children’s Alliance process giveaways for families. Volunteer at the Library. Join a City Commission. Join a local service organization (Rotary, Kiwaniis). Follow your City’s website and social media for volunteer days. Visit the elderly (convalescent hospital, Meals on Wheels, etc). Volunteer with Center for Land Based Learning’s urban farms. Volunteer at the Yolo Basin Foundation and help preserve wildlife areas. …. there are so many ways!
Your top six tips on giving back to your own community:
1) Do what you love.
2) Be patient with volunteer based non-profits.
3) Don’t expect or require a lot of attention or recognition.
4) Do the thing you’re asked to do really well.
5) Leave your pride/ego at home.
What is one thing that most people don’t realize about giving back?
DD: Whether you help large organizations (i.e. American Red Cross) or small organizations… the people that benefit from your efforts are grateful either way.
Do you have a special story you can share about your first hand experience on giving back?
DD: When you volunteer in a community of this size over a period of time, people begin to recognize you in places like the grocery store or the doctor’s office and you become connected in what they consider their community. It’s very rewarding.
What if you don’t have the means to donate money to help your community?
DD: Time and talents are the richest resources to donate.
Do you give back to your local community? Let us know how you volunteer with your local community in the comment section below and stay tuned later this week for our post on how you can give back while living on the road full time! In the mean time, check out our Tips on RVing in High Elevation.