John Inglis grew up in Austin, is a firefighter and EMT and volunteers for the Youth Power program at LifeWorks. John was recently highlighted in Austin Lifestyle Magazine’s The Art of Giving. This is what he had to say…
How did your volunteer experience differ from your expectations?
I was a bit unrealistic. I felt that I wasn’t doing enough for the kids. One of the team leaders told me that the biggest thing I could do was be there for them — to be a constant in their lives.
What is Youth Power?
Youth Power is an after school program. It is designed to give kids a leg-up, help them make positive decisions and cope with circumstances that might not be positive.
How would you define the art of giving?
I believe in the power of being positive. You actually get more back than you give. Sharing helps both the giver and the receiver. I look forward to volunteering every day.
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