5 Ways to Improve Yourself Through Service and Volunteering While Home-Bound
During this pandemic, many people are stuck at home, feeling unfulfilled, and that’s if they’re lucky. Those without homes to go to or who are struggling to make ends meet need help. Fortunately, there are many ways those of us with means can serve and volunteer to help others, even while home-bound. We often think of charity work as helping others, whether through donations or volunteerism. But donating time, money, or talents can help the giver as much as the receiver. Here are five self-improvement outcomes that could benefit you when you try to help worthwhile causes in your community.
Share the Bounty
One of the most obvious ways to give is through sharing what you have with those who are less-fortunate. From money, to food, and other resources, there are plenty of ways to donate and give directly. Local organizations can often pick up donations straight from your home, while others have drop-bins where you can donate clothes, foodstuffs, and other supplies. Many of us live comfortable lives with resources to spare. Cultivating a generous spirit and a broader outlook to feel compassion for those in need helps to strengthen personal character. Give part of your income to others who are struggling for food, housing, or medicine.
Sometimes, giving requires sacrifice. It’s important to not limit your giving based on what hurts less. Those who don’t have many extras in their lives often still find ways to share what little they have with those who are struggling. Giving away part of your sustenance, whether food or money, may pinch your budget, but you will feel good about assisting others who have very little to live on. You may learn how to tighten your budget or spend less on non-essentials when you start sharing with those in need through the local food bank or another charity.
Another way to help is to raise awareness of important organizations and pressing needs in your community. If you cannot afford to give money or food, you can donate your time and skill to help organizations like a child cancer donation charity. Organize a group online or locally to create fliers, letters, emails, tweets, or Facebook posts to inform the public about an important charitable need. Develop group leadership skills or enhance your graphic design abilities to create communications that will promote information about a particular organization that needs public support. Social media and online campaigns will allow you to spread the word about a cause that matters to you from your own home.
Organize a Fundraiser
If you have good organizational skills, then fundraising may be a great outlet for you. People who are good at handling finances can be very useful in spearheading a fundraising event for a charitable cause. It may seem daunting to manage a fundraising campaign for a major organization, but your accounting skills can benefit from using money management software that will strengthen your existing capabilities. This experience will upgrade your resume for future job applications or promotions.
Lend a Hand by Volunteering
Many service organizations are looking for volunteers who are willing to do things like drive, supervise, build, or clean in a variety of projects. Not only will you experience a good feeling from physically helping others, but you may also learn from experts who might be helping with the work. Adding this service to your job skills will further enhance your resume.
Helping others also helps us. Take inventory of what you have to offer those in need, and donate your time, talent, or treasure to organizations who will appreciate it.
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan