As humans, we yearn to make a difference, to leave our mark. And most of us know helping others has positive impacts on our own i.e. making us happier, more balanced, and instilling a greater sense of purpose in the everyday. But, it can be easy to get bogged down in the daily grind and miss the benefits, to ourselves and our communities. And most of us don’t know where to start. So, have a look below at 5 suggestions for how to begin, and start making a difference today!
Volunteering energy and skills to a local organization is a great way to give back to your community. Whether a hospital, food bank, youth group, senior’s home, or animal shelter there are tonnes of local organizations that would benefit from your time. A quick search online can also help find local opportunities.
With one donation you can save many lives, yet just one patient could require multiple donors. For heart surgery, it’s up to five. Leukemia treatments, as many as eight donors a week. Emergency care for a car accident can use up to 50. Every donation makes a difference in someone’s life, and what greater gift could you give?
Organize a charitable event:
Find a cause you’re passionate about and organize on its behalf. Maybe you raise money for a senior’s program or collect food donations for a community pantry. If you want to help but you’re stuck for ideas reach out to the organization you‘d like to help they likely have suggestions on hand to pick from or inspire your own.
Shopping local invests in your community. Spending money locally supports the local economy and your neighbors. By keeping money in your neighborhood, where it can be reinvested through other shops and services. It’s a cycle that keeps on giving.
Join a community garden:
Not only do community gardens beautify the community, they often provide and produce other goods to local neighborhoods often underserved areas. And whether a green thumb or just beginning a relationship with the land there’s always lots of work to be done to get to harvest. You won’t just be growing fruit and vegetables, but friendships and community along the way.