The NCIS actor shares why giving back to his local community is such an intrinsic part of who he is as a person.
Wilmer Valderrama attends the premiere of "Encanto" at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California on November 3, 2021.
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Healing, in all forms, can usher in waves of catharsis for the mind, body and soul. Whether the healing is down internally, through therapy, or externally, through charitable acts, everyone involved benefits from it.

Actor and producer, Wilmer Valderrama, keenly understands why it is paramount to help out those around you in any way you can. He also understands the importance of the altruistically symbiotic relationship between those who give and those in need of help.

Valderrama, who has appeared on hit shows such as That '70s Show and NCIS, believes that giving back through charitable organizations and partnerships like Red Nose Day and Walgreens, can help local communities and people heal from the traumas of the past.

manda Pacheco and Wilmer Valderrama attend The Hollywood Reporter Oscar Nominees Night presented by IHG Hotels and Resorts, and sponsored by Heineken and Amazon Ads at Spago on March 07, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
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That's why Valderrama has partnered up with Red Nose Day—as he believes that campaigns like these help "amplify these voices and bring up these conversations to the front of the line."

He tells People Chica, "We have to heal, and we can't assume that national leadership [will] take care of all your problems. I think it's more important to really understand that we have to show up. We have to show up for one another. Now more than ever, I feel like the change is happening within people and it's happening from peer to peer."

"I feel like these conversations have now traveled from peer to peer more than they've ever had because the world is a lot smaller. We have a level of awareness [of] what we need [to do] with the next chapter for us as a community and as a culture," the Encanto actor continues.

Wilmer Valderrama poses in the press room during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California
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The Miami-born actor believes that our "humanity" lies in understanding that "we have to be a part of that change."

He affirms, "[Organizations like Red Nose Day] give us an ability to continue to stay vigilant about the things that we can do within our [power] to actually change things. So I think ultimately it's going to happen from peer to peer, it's going to happen from neighbor to neighbor."

"This change is going to happen when we all roll up our sleeves [with campaigns like] these, [which] really enable us to look at our road of healing. And I think that's why I'm so passionate about showing up to all these things. It's an extension of what I do and what I am," he concludes.

Make a donation to Red Nose Day here and can be made through May 31. Red Nose Day is celebrated May 26.