Jodi Spangler is driven to close the gap of healthcare access across the world. As an adventurist she has been exposed to the list of human needs that most first and second world countries take for granted. She has initiated nonprofit programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Kenya, India and in the United States.
Her most recent endeavor that caught the attention of why we give was the bold mission of Give52. A group committed to helping others and spreading positivity in the year 2017 by donating money to a different organization every week. We were inspired by the courage to make this commitment and wanted to learn more about what fuels her passion.
Profession: Medical Student
Twitter Handle: @jodispangler
What was the first charitable gift you ever gave:
Not sure, I was born in South Africa and my parents always volunteered and gave while I was growing up. They set a great example.
Who inspires you to give:
I first thought of one quote when I saw this question, it’s from Mr. Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” I want to be a helper. I have been immensely lucky to be born into a situation where I have a roof over my head, clean water, food, a loving family, and the time and resources to make a positive impact. Supporting passionate people who are making a dent in the world’s toughest problems is one way to do that.
What motivates you to give:
I have always been hyper-aware of my own mortality. I used to think that life was all about checking off as many things as you can on your bucket list, but now, having done so many of the things on my list I have reached a different conclusion. I now think that is not about having a full passport, or crossing off a list of adventures, or being the one with the craziest stories. It is about using this time to make a positive impact in the lives of others, in your community. One person at a time, or a million people at a time. How can we mesh what fires us up with generosity and mindfulness to create a better home, neighborhood, world? That is the goal. Passion plus impact. Fire plus spreading the warmth. Leveraging our enthusiasm to change lives.
How do you give of your time:
I work on projects that connect people with resources with those that need them most, and ones that leverage our collective voices and enthusiasm into meaningful change.
What advice do you have for others to consider giving:
Don’t wait until you retire, start now. Give generously. With your time, love, work, resources, and voice. We need you.