Just before the holidays, I saw the following in Forbes:

Recent research conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National & Community Service reveals that charitable work literally makes the heart grow stronger. Individuals with coronary artery disease who participate in volunteer activities after suffering a heart attack report a reduction in despair and depression, and that, in turn, rives down mortality and adds years to life. It’s also true that those who volunteer have fewer incidents of heart disease in the first place.


Research from the Center for Work-Life Policy shows that high-potential employees–mostly women but also a significant percentage of men–are seriously motivated by a desire to give back to the world and increasingly seek out employers that allow them to participate on company time.

It reminded me of another article I’d seen earlier this year and meant to write a post on:

her answer to why women volunteer was simple and sweet: “We volunteer because we get back more than we give.” And then she added the kicker: “You feel better about everything because you are part of something bigger than yourself.”

When we upgraded the website, I posted on how much Single-Sourcing does for the community. I personally participate in every single one of those efforts. I also volunteer elsewhere: I’ve been an officer of the SF Bay Peninsula chapter of the ACM (founded in 1957) for over a decade and an officer or committee member of two other chapters nationwide.

Things you can do:

  1. Submit a paper for PTC/User conference
  2. Volunteer to present to the Arbortext User Group
  3. Ask a question — or answer one!:
  4. Join the Arbortext Technical Committee
  5. Volunteer to be interviewed for the PubWright Podcast
  6. Submit code to the Adepters Code Archive
  7. Comment on a community blog:
  8. Follow or send a tweet to
  9. Join an online group at LinkedIn or Facebook:
  10. Start something and tell us about it!

Other users really do want to hear from you. We’re a tight community, always have been. If you’d like an introduction, you should follow us on Twitter here and you’ll know everyone soon.

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