When I get home from work today, I’m going to eat a warm home cooked meal in a pleasant and clean gated community, have a hot shower in a clean house, snuggle up under a blanket with my girlfriend and watch our favorite show, maybe have some dessert too. Then I’m going to curl up in a comfy bed and get a good, though short, nights sleep. To me that’s normal.
Not everyone is so lucky.
Some people don’t have a home. Some neighborhoods aren’t clean. Some people don’t have nice things. Many people live in unfortunate situations, and there’s nobody there to help them. The environment suffers from littering and pollution and the planet is slowly dying. There are so many issues that just aren’t being addressed, where do we even begin?
There are volunteer groups for almost anything you can think of. You can volunteer at a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, an old age home, cleaning up the environment, helping people in areas hit with natural disasters. It’s a really long list. And the best part is, anyone can do it! You just do a little research and find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.
But what if I don’t want to volunteer?
Some people can’t be bothered to volunteer. They think there are better ways to spend their time, or they just plain don’t care. If the idea of volunteering isn’t your idea of fun then let’s change the way you think about it.
Volunteering is a great networking tool.
People from a wide variety of backgrounds and careers all participate in volunteer opportunities. You know they are good people because they commit their time to helping others or improving their surroundings. Be social, make connections. Maybe you find you like the people more than you thought and that’s the reason you keep going back as opposed to the volunteer work itself.
You are actively making a difference.
Lots of people make donations to charity each year. But this is almost an empty gesture. People give money in the hopes that it makes a difference without any idea of where their money is actually going to or who it’s helping. As a volunteer you are the person making the difference. You know what you accomplished with your efforts because you did it. There’s something that’s so satisfying about seeing the results of your efforts.
Volunteering is a great contribution to make to society. If you’re in a position to help other people, why not do it? It’s a proactive way to make a difference and the thanks you get from the people you help can be extremely rewarding. If you’ve never tried volunteer work before, maybe today’s your day.
Be the one who makes a difference.
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