Getting into the Spirit of the Season

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Admittedly, this time of year entails self-interested pursuits like gorging on a smorgasbord of cuisine and sprawling on the couch during the Bears-Packers game. But another element of the holidays involves—or should, anyway—some acts of selflessness. I’m sure many of you out there have undertaken some kind of volunteer project over these past few days or have one in the pipeline, and you deserve commendation for that. If not, though, do yourself and others some good by contributing time and money to a charity this week. No matter what your values and views on life are, you can find plenty of worthy causes out there that could really use your support.

 

As IT pros, you’re in a unique position to help many of these organizations out. They might need some work done on their Web site or perhaps a little troubleshooting on their server. There are numerous opportunities for you to put your special talents to work for charitable institutions. If you’ve got some time off, give some of them a call or shoot them an e-mail, and ask if they’ve got any technology-related issues that you could assist them with. Many of these wouldn’t require a substantial amount of your time and effort, just your valuable insight, experience and skills with IT problems that most people can’t solve. Believe me, the returns on your investment will be greater than you’ll ever know.

 

“In faith and hope the world will disagree,
But all mankind’s concern is charity.”
—Alexander Pope

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