If you get a buzz from helping others or are looking for a way to meet new people and make a difference, volunteering for a charity is a great place to start.
Whether you’re retired and looking for a hobby, or newly graduated and wanting to use your skills and knowledge for the better, here are just a few ways you can start supporting a charity.
Reduce food waste
Why let perfectly good food go to waste?
If you’re not going to use what’s currently in your fridge or cupboards, donate it to a local charity to feed those more in need. Your food donations may go to feeding the homeless in the winter months, or straight to a soup kitchen to help those without the money or skills to make their own meals.
Work in a charity shop
Working in a charity shop is a great way to give back, while also making new friends in your local community. You’ll have plenty of people to talk to – from other volunteers to customers – and every day is different.
Charities are dependent on volunteers, so if you’re wanting to make a charitable donation, why not donate your time instead?
Social media management
Small charities are often too busy to make themselves known in the larger world. If you’re a dab hand with digital tech, use your skills to help a local charity get their voice heard. Offer to schedule a few social media posts a week for them, to share all the hard work they’re doing.
Keeping the local community looking and feeling great by offering your green fingered hands.
Gardening is a great way to practice mindfulness and get a little fresh air. You could even grow your own food to donate to food banks.
Large scale projects like building shelters or homes in impoverished villages are always looking for extra hands. If you’ve got time to take off work, see what projects you can get involved in – either in your area or abroad. You’ll instantly be able to see the difference you’re making and will meet people from all walks of life.
Similar to helping with social media, if you consider yourself a bit of a wordsmith, offer your skills to a charity in need.
One key element of charitable work is gaining funding. By writing monthly newsletters, blogs or even grant applications, you can spread the word about all the work they’re doing, and hopefully gain them a few donations along the way.
Charitable events are always in need of stewards. Whether it’s directing cars in the parking lot, or closing off roads for a charity run, speak to your local charity about helping out at their next event.
Your local charity may need help taking in larger donations like furniture, rescuing animals from the streets, or transporting goods to those in need.
If you’ve got a car and few hours to spare, why not offer to help?
Socialize with the animals
Saving the best till last…
Rescues in animal shelters are often missing a human touch. Charities need people to help foster or socialize with their animals, so they get the care and love they deserve. If you love a furry friend, this could be the perfect way to help your local animal rescue.
So, what are you waiting for?