Love in Action
What is ‘Love in Action’
We work with people and processes ~ Not projects and products.
5WD encourages our partners and supporters to create environments that are inclusive, creative and taught with good instruction.
5WD has been called to faith based action in serving the marginalized in our communities. In this way we make our vision and desire for the good and beautiful tangible.
Our work with communities is focused on action with an emphasis on serving your neighbors with love in creative and practical ways.
Building a Better Community
When you do something nice for someone else, often the positive effects go beyond just you and that other person, influencing your whole community. One of my favorite illustrations of this phenomenon is in the movie Pay It Forward where one boy’s good deeds have far-reaching positive consequences. When you do nice things for others, you often enable them to do nice things for others, and the phenomenon grows. Your children and your friends may see your good example and behave in more altruistic ways as well. As Ghandi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” and you can contribute to a more positive community.
What you need to know about 5WD
The Five with D.R.I.V.E Foundation is a non-denominational Christian organization that has been serving the broken-hearted since 2007 through Love and Action.
We partner with our supporters in Canada and local organizations abroad to provide compassion and relief to anyone who needs it, regardless of religion, race, gender and socio-economical status.
The Five with D.R.I.V.E Foundation is honored to have earned the trust of its donors through a commitment to responsible, transparent and effective management of the vital funds they have entrusted us with. 5WD values every donation, large and small and works hard to ensure we can maintain a low administrative overhead. We work diligently to ensure that more than 90 cents out of every dollar raised goes directly to our charitable programs. Our financial strategy is to provide relevant, effective and efficient programs to those, which we support through our education campaign or poverty alleviation initiative worldwide while ensuring the highest level of transparency and accountability to our supporters.
Helping others and yourself!
It’s often been said that it’s better to give than to receive, but did you know that this so called cliché is actually backed by research? While many of us feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others with their burdens, or would like to think about doing good deeds when we have more ‘spare’ time, energy and money, altruism is its own reward, and can actually help you relieve stress. Altruistic acts can improve your quality of life in several ways, and are absolutely worth the effort. Here are some ways that helping others helps you:
Studies show that altruism is good for your emotional well-being, and can measurably enhance your peace of mind. For example, one study found that dialysis patients, transplant patients and family members who became support volunteers for other patients experienced increased personal growth and emotional well-being. Another study on patients with multiple sclerosis showed that those who offered other MS patients peer support actually experienced greater benefits than their supported peers, including more pronounced improvement on confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, depression and daily functioning. Those who offered support generally found that their lives were dramatically changed for the better.
Increased Social Support
Studies also show that what goes around generally does come around. More specifically, when people make altruistic personal sacrifices, they end up reaping what they sow in the form of favors from others. These individuals earn the reputation as altruistic people and end up receiving favors from others who they may not have even directly helped. The favors and social support you ‘earn’ through altruism, combined with the good feelings you get from helping others (see above), more than make up for sacrifices made in the name of altruism.