Have you ever considered helping others as a hobby?
They say in order to help yourself, you should do something to help others.
But sometimes you don’t want to commit to a long-term obligation. Your excuses may range from not having extra money to donate, not enough time in your busy life, what with family, jobs, and travel. In some cases illness or age may be holding you from committing to long-term projects. There are, however, many ways to give back to your community on your own terms, as little or as much, when you are available. Here are a few suggestions. Start slowly with these and before you know it, you’ll find yourself doing more and more and loving it.
- Go to a local hospital and read to the elderly. Distribute books, newspapers, and magazines.
- Work a few hours in a Food Pantry.
- Tutor a child.
- Bring your pet to visit at a Nursing Home.
- Donate blood.
- Help host a meal for the homeless.
- Knit or crochet for charities. There’s always a need for warm blankets, hats and gloves.
- Love kids? Be a scout leader, Sunday School teacher, or coach. Don’t want to make a full commitment? Volunteer to be an Assistant, filling in only when needed.
- Shop for a homebound neighbor.
- Save can labels and coupons for local schools trying to purchase school equipment. Every little bit counts and it‘s an easy way to “give” without feeling the pinch.
- Make a weekly phone call to check on a sick or elderly neighbor.
- Bake a cake for a local Bake Sale.
Still not sure how you can help? Try volunteermatch.org, a non-profit organization that matches people with opportunities in their area. Just enter your zip code and find out who needs a helping hand.
Did you Know?
The 4th Saturday in October is Make a Difference Day, a national day of helping others.