Inspiring 13-year-old supports his favorite rescue in Sedalia, CO

Social responsibility can be defined in many ways. For some, it means paying expensive holidays to build schools in foreign countries. Others give when shopping online where a donation is made from every purchase when they use programs such as Amazon Smile. Corporations offer Employee Giving Programs and even match employee gifts at times. Online platforms are introduced every day giving us new ways to raise money for our favorite cause. Schools have service-learning programs mandatory for students to volunteer a certain number of hours. Others volunteer in their community and some give monetary support. The list is endless really. But my all-time favorite example of giving back came to us recently from an impressive13-year old named Benjamin.

Benjamin was celebrating his Bar mitzvah and instead of receiving gifts, he asked his friends and family to make online donations or bring supplies to help the dogs and cats of 4 Paws 4 Life Animal Rescue.

We were touched to receive the email from his mom asking if he could personally deliver the donated gifts. She believed it was important for him to see how his efforts helped and to visit first hand the rescue he supported. We completely agreed of course and couldn’t wait to meet him and his family.

Benjamin was inspired by Buddy, his own dog, who was adopted from 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue 3 years earlier. Benjamin’s mom says, “My son is rather attached to Buddy, and we are so grateful you rescued him and brought him into our lives!”

Benjamin’s efforts raised just over $400. as well as leashes, dog beds, crates, dog food and dog toys. All of which were in great need.

His story made me think about how we, as adults, influence young people around us. What we do (or don’t do) as parents, teachers or friends and even as employers to help shape our youth and young adults to lead social responsibility and to inspire others to do the same.

I was inspired to introduce you to this outstanding young man because his story touched me. I hope it will inspire you to encourage youths around you to follow Benjamin’s example.

There is no shortage of great causes out there. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S.  You should take a moment and research one that’s close to your heart and see how you can help. You might be surprised at how great it feels to give.

If you’re an animal lover in Colorado, 4 Paws 4 Life Animal Rescue is located in Sedalia and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Maybe you have a special skill that can help or if you want to be hands-on with the pets in our care, why not commit an hour or two each week to walk a dog in need of exercise? Naturally, those with limited time often prefer to make a monetary donation, which we accept with deep gratitude.

The moral of the story, you ask? Pay if forward. Influence a youth near you to contribute to society in a way that they love. Everyone will benefit.

Here are some friendly tips to get started.

  1. Think about something you really care about. You’ll be more inclined to stick with it if the cause is important to you.
  2. Ensure the volunteer opportunity is age appropriate.
  3. Consider volunteering with family and friends. It’s a great way to spend time together doing something good.
  4. Use Google to find volunteer opportunities near you. There are organizations dedicated to matching the needs of organizations with volunteer skills.
  5. Choose something you truly enjoy doing and have fun!


To enquire about our 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue and how you can help, please contact us by email at or visit us at We can’t wait to meet you!