Giving Back is A-OK

In my professional career over the years, there has always been an opportunity to volunteer or give back to the community in one way or another. I feel that when there is an chance to volunteer or give back to the community, it’s a soulful experience.

In addition to running my art business and retail gallery, I volunteer as a board member and President to the Downtown Campbell Business Association (DCBA), where I manage a number of programs and events such as the Third Friday Artwalk and our popular Winewalk.
I am also a (new) board member for the Silicon Valley Fireflies which is an organization of glass makers in the Bay Area. I have also served on the board for the Artist Guild of San Francisco and through our neighborhood association in the past.

Sonya Paz and Ron Burns at HSSV

Sonya Paz and Ron Burns at HSSV

My company also supports several organizations and in February 2009 I had donated time to paint nine murals with Ron Burn at the Humane Society Silicon Valley at their new facility in Milpitas, CA. It was an awesome opportunity to be a part of something so special for the pets in need

In providing time and energy for community work, it’s evident to see many of the same people who also volunteer their time to make a difference, it’s like a family of folks that are all on the same mindset. We all have our talents and qulaities, we are all the facets of the gem and we just “make it work!”.

Artwalk in Downtown Campbell

Artwalk in Downtown Campbell

A little bit of community giving back goes a loooong way.  If you live in a community or are involved with an organization, spend some time to help out.  A few hours a month can really help out your local non profit or charity.  The “feel good” factor is rewards enough, to say that you help out on an ongoing basis is not only giving, but soulfully fulfilling.

Cheers!

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