Former vice president of Disney/ABC on the meaning of helping others

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For Brad Jamison, philanthropy is his calling. When he left his position as vice president of Disney/ABC Television Group in 2012, he wanted to help people. He didn’t want to go back to corporate life and believed that “go help people, go serve them” suited him well. 

In his first venture, “Thirty Days of Service,” Jamison volunteered with thirty organizations by completing thirty projects in thirty days. Within that timespan, he worked with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Tree People, Pet Orphans of Southern California, Midnight Mission Family Housing, Holy Name of Jesus Church & School and San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. 

“We all talk about helping others, and there are many reasons to do so;  building self-esteem, learning other stories and plenty of ways to personally benefit  from helping others,” said Jamison in an interview with 429Magazine. 

By detailing his journey through social media, he was recognized by the Daily Point of Light Award

The project would soon become a precursor to his latest venture, Good Citizen. Described as an open-minded and personal platform for volunteering, he seeks to motivate individuals to help out in their own communities. 

For Jamison, “Good Citizen is committed to offering the insight, information and resources needed to enrich the communities around us, our nation and our world through volunteering services.” But most, importantly, we come as the first step in improving our surroundings. 

“So many issues can only be addressed when we combine and help each other,” Jamison said. 

Through his activism, he’s connected with several organizations from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA, KaBOOM, and other organizations that range from environmental to animal welfare to elderly issues. Jamison listed the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood among one of his favorites he’s served, as a proud board member. 

“If it’s a type of service, I’ve probably done it,” laughed Jamison, as he noted that it can be exhausting, but still rewarding. 

His work is not limited, as he’s enlisted prominent organizations from the LGBT community such as the Trevor Project, The Point Foundation, LA Gay & Lesbian Center, GLAAD and HRC. 

His work with the queer community has transformed Good Citizen as well as himself. 

“Being a gay man, it has an impact on my perspective and Good Citizen,” Jamison said. While working with the Trevor Project, he discovered that it was very therapeutic. 

“I did a video with the It Gets Better Project, and I encourage every gay and non-gay person to do it. It’s very cathartic as you reflect on your own journey and help people who are struggling with their own sexuality,” Jamison said. “It’s a service project that anyone can do, including especially straight allies. It’s very rewarding.” 

Jamison aims for Good Citizen to provide the necessary tools for everyone to get involved in their communities through service. 

With Good Citizen, you can be a catalyst for great change as well as a good citizen. 

Located in Los Angeles with outreach in other cities, check out Good Citizen to volunteer.

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