It’s easy to get caught up in your own life and focus on the narrow confines of your home and family. But many people in your community could use your help. While you may not be able to dedicate yourself to full-time volunteering, you can reach out to your community in many ways that fit into your routine.
First, you don’t have to look very far to find non-profit organizations that need financial help. Perhaps your library is looking for help purchasing new computers, or your local food shelf could use extra funds. You might support a veteran charity or a kids’ summer art program. There are countless possibilities.
Remember, even if you can’t donate too much, every little bit helps. Organizations know how to get the most out of your donations, big or small. Also, if you own a business or have a particular set of skills, you can make an in-kind donation of goods or services that non-profits can use.
Many non-profits could also use your time, and volunteering is another great way to make a difference in your community. You could tutor kids in reading at the library or spend a few afternoons stocking shelves at the food shelf. It’s likely you’ll find a real sense of meaning and purpose in this work as well as positively affect the lives of many people.
Get the Family Involved
Finally, as you reach out to your community, get the whole family involved along with you. If you set your kids on the path of supporting charities with their time and money, they’ll grow into generous, caring adults. So, encourage them to donate a portion of their allowance, and volunteer as a family sometimes. Your community will benefit, and so will your family.
It isn’t all that difficult to reach out to your community. So, get started, and get ready to feel great and make a difference.