Four Simple Steps - A Helping Hand Foundation
 
The Starfish Story

A wise man was taking a sunrise walk on the beach...

 In the distance he caught sight of a little girl who seemed to be dancing along the waves. As he got closer, he saw the little girl picking up starfish from the sand and tossing them gently back into the ocean.

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“What are you doing?” the wise man asked?

“The sun is coming up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

“But little girl, there are miles and miles of beach with starfish all along the way, you can’t possibly make a difference.”

 The little girl bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it lovingly back into the ocean past the breaking waves, “It made a difference to that one.” She replied.



We are all gifted
 with the power
and
 the opportunity
to make a difference
in the life of a child
a family
a person.


Four Simple Steps

Four Simple Steps



A New Way
To Make a Difference


To try this new approach to charitable giving
 as an individual
or
as a business
 you only need to take these four simple steps.



For an Individual

Focus
You can’t solve all problems - - - you can’t help all children or all families - - - but you can help one or a few - - - in a specific way.

Time/Talent
Think of the best way you can help - - - give some of your time - - - and use some of the talents you have.

Collaboration
Share your ideas with others - - - family, friends, neighbors, co-workers - - - invite them to join with you.

Seed Money
Seed money can be in any amount - - - use this seed money to help you do what you have decided to do.

Take one step at a time - - - remember that any journey, no matter how far - - - always starts with a few small steps.  Above all - - - keep it simple.



For a Business

Focus
Choose carefully who you want to help - - - select a need where you feel you can make a difference - - - one that is aligned to the type of business you have.

Time/Talent
Think how you can apply the talent and resources you have in your business - - - steps you can take to help - - - children - - - families - - - people.

Collaboration
Let your employees, customers, business contacts know what you are doing - - - invite them to join with you - - - partner with nonprofit organizations that can help you - - - in the way you plan to help others.

Seed Money
Only seed money is needed - - - in any amount - - - use some of the dollars you now give to charities if you wish - - - all you need is seed money to get started.

Your business can be the seed for change - - - to help people in need - - - and to help your business grow and be more profitable.


Where do I begin?

Read the sections "The Power of Focus" as well as the section  “Ideas for Pro-Active Giving”. These pages will give you many ideas you can choose from - - - focus on one of them - - - or choose any other way you feel you can be effective in helping others. All you need to do if take that first step...


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