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November 24, 2014

According to Sir Winston Churchill, “we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

So I give my time.

I am a volunteer mentor for a first year law student at Loyola Law School and for a college senior at UCLA.

I volunteer some of my time for the Appellate Mediation Program of the California Second District Court of Appeal.

When the new Valley Bar Mediation Center starts up, which I believe is imminent, I hope to help the San Fernando Valley Bar Association with this new educational nonprofit as well.

I even give extra time in mediation so that people will understand that I too am investing in their efforts to get to peace.

I also give money.

I am not saying this to boast; it’s not a lot of money, although I wish I could do more.

Nevertheless, at this time of year (November/December), rather than spending foolishly on silly presents or disposable greeting cards, I try to find a way through donations to make a small difference in the world.

This year, I have donated to “JFS { SOVA.” According to its website, “SOVA is a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, a non-sectarian agency, dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in the community through food distribution and offering a wide range of supportive services.” See, . “SOVA is taken from the Hebrew word ‘savah’ which means to eat or drink and be satisfied, or satiated.” Id.

I like to say that my donation at this time of year is in honor of family, friends, colleagues and other business contacts, in lieu of greeting cards.

But it’s also for me. It makes me feel good to give and to help other people whenever I can do so, especially but not only when it comes to alleviating hunger and suffering.

Happy Holidays and please give too, in whatever way is comfortable for you.


David I. Karp is a full time independent mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern California. His website is at .

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