Why You Should Give Back
We all face challenges and difficult periods in our lives and hopefully when you’re down there’ll be a helping hand. My very first job was working at a community center where I met all types of people going through all kinds of living situations. Most didn’t know how to ask for help or even where to begin but from an early age of adulthood I learned that the biggest support you can give, is to simply be there. Giving back is acknowledging that there are people going through worst situations then you and being willing to help. It’s knowing that not everyone has a safe place to sleep, hot meal to eat or even warm clothes to wear in the coldest storm. As a community we should be supporting each other through the good and bad days, so get out there and help your neighbors!
Ways to Give Back
Volunteer for Projects Throughout the Neighborhood
Sometimes finding a project to get involved with can be the hardest part but using databases like the State Farm Neighborhood of Good you’ll be able to find multiple projects to participate in. Simply insert your local zip code and all participating community projects will appear. For instance, in my area you can provide support to the pets of hospice patients by delivering food and walking the animals that are left at home. There’s also another project for volunteers to pick up flowers from the local shop and deliver them to patients at the children’s hospital on their birthdays. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s something to get involved with!
Donate Your Expertise
Have something that you’re amazing at? Great organizer, fast-typer or maybe even a low-key handywoman? Whatever you’re good at there’s a charity that needs your expertise so give back by offering your skills to a project that not everyone would be able to complete. One of my favorite things to do is volunteer at the local legal aid office. I’m not a lawyer but I’ve been working as a litigation legal assistant for the past 5 years, so I’ve picked up a few things. The people that come in are going through various legal issues but don’t have the resources to pay for a lawyer. By volunteering my legal expertises, I’ve been able to help on several cases and expanded my professional network at the same time.
Visit a Nursing home
In the midst of our own lives we sometimes forget about the elder members of our families and communities. Most senior citizens rarely get visitors and the holidays can be especially lonely. My mother has been working at nursing homes for the past several decades and growing up my siblings and I would always drop by and meet the people she took care of. We listened to their stories – how they lived glamorous lives or their experiences of growing up in a segregated country. Times have changed but we have to look back to thank the ones that came before us. So if you’ve got some downtime this season, stop by a nursing home and put a smile on someone’s face.
We all need help every once in awhile so while you’re up don’t forget to help those who are down!
How are you helping out your community? Have some more volunteer ideas to share? Don’t forget to Comment below to tell your story!