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From tinsel town to slums:These celebrities are dedicated volunteers

No matter how satisfactory our careers or lives, all of us seek a higher calling to satiate an inner part of us, that demands we do something beyond ourselves, something that will leave a larger impact on the society and the world, long after we’re gone.

Even celebrities, with their glamorous lives, feel this calling. The joy of bringing a smile to someone else’s face, with no selfish motives, gives a high that is unmatched.

Here are five celebs who put forth relentless efforts to uplift and communities by carving out a section from their tight schedules for giving back.

Source: United Planet

Hilary Swank: Double Oscar winner, Ms.Swank, spent two months at an orphanage in Palanpur village, North India as a teaching assistant and caregiver. Her experience speaks for itself: “It was so life enriching, I can’t even describe it. I got married so young and was working, working, working all the time, so this was a great time in my life to reconnect to me and reflect on my connection with other people and do something good in the world to remind myself what is important in life.”

Source: African Leadership

Ben Affleck : This ace American actor and film-maker is a complete community man. Having made 9 trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central Africa and understanding the sources of conflict he founded the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI). The ECI is geared towards the socio-economic upliftment of the region adopting community based approaches and public and private partnerships. He also went on to direct a short film- “Gimme Shelter,” portraying the crisis in the DRC.

Source: Change by doing

Charlize Theron: Charlize is a busy woman on and off screen, founding the Charlize Africa Outreach Project which implements innovative HIV prevention programs. She takes every opportunity in hand to educate the youth and inspire people towards this movement. Designated as the messenger of peace by the United Nations, she focuses on prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women.

Source : Unicef

Jackie Chan: This superstar regards charity as an integral part of his life. “Even when I am sleeping, I think how I can help other people,” Chan said. “Every human being has to learn how to do charity.”  The Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation established in 1988 has done tremendous work helping the underprivileged, providing scholarships to youngsters in Hong Kong and support activities for disaster relief. Jackie has spent countless hours in the remote areas of China initiating numerous schools and starting the ‘Build a school for a dollar project’. Not only has he raised millions of dollars for nonprofits but has never hesitated to be physically present for the cause when needed.

Celebrity participation for these causes has inspired and invoked the spirit of giving among millions of their fans.

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.



About the author:

Venkat Dulipalli is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of VolunteerMark

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