Reproductive rights and access to affordable health care have long been causes that I’ve felt capital P Passionate about. I will put that bumper sticker on my car! I will wear that pin! I’ll do my best not to make dinner parties awkward by railing on about the failing of America’s healthcare system!So when I decided to make a triple digit donation to a charity I thought about the causes I hold dear and opted to make a donation to Planned Parenthood.
I literally googled “donate to Planned Parenthood,” checked some boxes, double-checked my auto-fill information, opted out of the newsletter, and clicked donate.
And I’m not sure what I expected. Some sort of karmic, do-good-ery feeling? (Which, for the record, is not a great reason to engage in charitable acts) But I felt nothing. When I sent a package to some soldiers? Lovely! When I paid off someone’s layaway? I felt gooooood!
But, shockingly enough, typing some numbers onto a screen is not nearly as gratifying.
Maybe because I don’t actually receive services from Planned Parenthood anymore.
Or I didn’t write an actual cheque, with my actual hand.
Or I didn’t interact with anyone while donating that money.
What’s the lesson here? I’m not really sure. In the future, I think I’m going to pair my donations with real, in-person volunteer work and then write that donation check with an actual pen and hand it to a real, live human. How retro!
Do you donate to charity or volunteer? How does it make you feel? Any tips for increasing that good-karma glow?