When I first decided that I wanted to do something for my community, I had no idea where to look or who to talk to. I had tried looking it up on the Internet, but all I could find were big charity groups far from where I lived. So, in this article we’ll explore the possibilities of charity work, in order to understand where to look for when we decide to take up this new activity.
Also, it happens at times that people decide to volunteer their time, but cannot find the right activity for them: keep reading to find out how you can be helpful in the most different fields.
Here we go:
- Distribution of food and clothes. This is something that you’ll probably have heard of a few times: there’s probably an organization based near a church in your city where people in need can get free food and clothes. Remember you don’t really need to be religious in order to help there. If you go for this one, be prepared to deal with different people who have different needs and characters, but who can warm your heart with a smile in return everytime.
- Help in a local school. In my city, kids who find it difficult to do their homework can get help in the afternoon twice a week. They go to their school and meet a teacher who can help them understand. If you think this may be the right activity for you, all you have to do is simply reach out and ask the director of the school if your help would be needed. Most of the time, the answer will be yes, and all the school will have to take care of will be a couple of papers. Remember that this option better applies to students, since they actually know pretty well what they have to teach.
- Help in places that are run by a charitable organization. An example may be a cinema owned by a non-profit organization: sometimes the staff working there isn’t really working, in fact, they’re volunteering their free time.
- Help an organization that prevents a particular disease. Sometimes they’re fighting AIDS, other times they’re raising funds against leucemia or cancer. If you’d like to offer your help, often all you’ll have to do is look it up on the Internet and fill out a form or call someone from the organization.
- Offer your help during sport events. If you’ve played a sport or you have kids who play it, don’t be afraid to ask your/their trainers if they need help during a particular event.
- Help in a centre that rescues animals. There’s probably a doghouse near where you live, right? If you love animals, this is probably one of the best activities you can do: you’ll get to spend time with different pets and take care of them. All you’ll have to do is call them, send them an e-mail or get there and talk to the people you meet.
- Help in an organization that fights against climate change. If you live in a little city, this will be quite difficult, but in a big one you’ll surely find this kind of organizations. Get involved and be ready to educate people and, irst of all, yourself.
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