Simple ways you can help out in your community
Doing volunteer work is the best way to see the world in a different way than you are used to. There are so many reasons why people go for community service. There are those people who go for community service activities because they are genuinely concerned, there are others who do it because they want to stay busy and yet others choose to serve the community with an aim of meeting other people. All in all, serving the community can be summarized in one statement- a simple way of making life worthwhile. Putting a smile on someone’s face will most definitely make you feel good about yourself.
Serving your community
So, are you there wondering how you can help out in your community? Well, there are hundreds if not thousands of ways that you can give back to your community. Before mentioning some of these ways, let it be known that you do not have to spend huge money for this. You do not have to spend lots of time serving the community.
Nonetheless, the benefits that come with community service are more than you can imagine.
- A feeling of self worth- you feel more important having helped someone
- Helps make the world more homely for someone else
- Stress relieving- volunteer work can also involve playing games or simply chatting with someone else thus relieving stress
- Helps in building connections with other organizations or people
- Helps keep you active and physically healthy
- volunteering can provide career experience
- you learn important professional skills
Community service ideas
As aforementioned, the main goal of community service is to put a smile on someone’s face. Generally, community service ideas revolve around helping the poor, sick, elderly and physically challenged in the society. And this cannot be emphasized more: a little act of kindness goes a really long way. Simply talking to someone can make their day and yours so much better. Here are some ways how you can help out in your community:
Visit a retirement home
One thing that really makes life difficult for senior citizens is lacking someone to talk to. You would think that being in a home for the elderly that they will have someone to talk to- people their age. Unfortunately, for some people loneliness is the order of the day in these places. The thing about most elderly people in nursing homes is that they have so much to tell. By simply going to talk to them, you make their day. If you can get a group of friends to go with you then it will even be better- go do something fun with the elderly.
You can volunteer to counsel at a kids camp. It is exhausting to run after rowdy children but it is a really great experience. It is especially beneficial for people who are looking to start a career in counseling or any other care-giving occupations. If you are really serious about counseling you can try bigger tasks such as peer counseling at your school. You help someone solve their problem very easily.
What do you do with those clothes that have become too small for you? There are people who can barely afford a plain t-shirt and thus your graffiti or floral tee will come highly appreciated. Donate your old clothes and household goods. Go through your closet, you will find a bunch of clothes and shoes you even forgot you had because you cannot wear them anymore. If there are in shipshape, drop them off at a local shelter.
Help out a neighbor
Do you have an elderly neighbor one who is physically challenged? You can offer to rake the leaves from their lawn, shovel the sidewalk and even help out with housework. This will come really appreciated in more ways than you can imagine. Some other ways you can volunteer include:
- Donate some groceries to your local food bank
- During the Christmas holidays, send a gift to some needy child. Visit a participating post office, get a letter to Santa from an underprivileged child, buy the gift and mail
- Donate some lightly used toys and stuffed animals to any children’s hospital near you
There are just so many ways you can give back to your community. All you have to do is be observant. Find a particular need in your community and help those who are trying to cater for the particular need. You may not be paid cash for washing your elderly neighbor’s dishes but as they say, give and you shall receive.
You give your time; someone else will also dedicate their time to you!