John purposefully joins others for greater joy in volunteering through Semper Vita.
Remember our friend John Mortins who found his volunteer opportunity by helping at Harrison House? Well, not only did John find a way to use his talents to help a local non-profit, he also connected with other volunteers just like him.
Connecting on Purpose
John joined a group of CEOs that were part of the missional leader network and fellow Semper Vita volunteers. Though John always had known plenty of people, most of his friendships either were the husbands of his wife Ann's friends or they were business acquaintances. Of course, he had a golfing buddy and a friend from college, but he did not see them very often. He valued people but really had very little time in his week to hang out or spend time developing friendships.
John was very pleased with how through Semper Vita he had connected with others who were passionate about his interests. It had been easy and, for the most part, he'd met great people. He linked up with people who volunteered their time at a local non-profit through Semper Vita through an online group. From this group, he'd developed closer friendships with some people who lived and worked in his area. Now, he met monthly with eight others who ran their own businesses and volunteered their time. They shared stories and swapped ideas. They also continued connecting online through the Semper Vita site as part of the CEO social network group. Of course, he also was a Friend of Semper Vita on Facebook. (Click here if you're a Facebook user.)
John bought flowers on the way home to surprise Ann. He hugged her and gave her a big smile. She looked at him quizzically, noticing that John seemed a lot happier lately. "You're really feeling pretty content lately, aren't you?" she said laughing. John shrugged and winked at her. She was right. He really enjoyed volunteering and connecting with other guys who did similar stuff.