10 Ways to help your community in 30 minutes or less:
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to find the time to volunteer your services at a big charity event or help coordinate a food drive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t contribute. Here are 10 ways you can make a difference without feeling overwhelmed.
- Take a garbage bag with you on walks. Pick up wayward pieces of trash that have made their way to your walking route.
- Drop some supplies off at your local SPCA like old blankets, toys or food and spend some time playing with the animals. You’ll be helping them out, but you’ll also be rewarded with puppy love!
- Double up dessert. If you’re making a big batch of cookies, consider making double and taking the extras down
to the local police or fire department as a thank you to our hard-working first responders.
- Use social media to help get the word out about community events. You’re probably on Facebook anyway, so consider sharing your contacts’ events when you come across them to help create awareness.
- Shop local. Spending money at the smaller, locally owned shops helps boost your local economy. Service is usually better than the big box stores and you’re helping the business owner, your neighbour, put food on the table for their family.
- Cook for one more. Consider making enough dinner for an extra plate and take it over to an elderly neighbour. Knowing your neighbours is a great way to keep the community safe as well.
- Drop off your gently used clothes at a local homeless shelter. Consider purchasing some toiletries from the dollar store on the way there to further help those in need.
- Set up a collection jar at your workplace for a local charity. Take a picture when you donate it and post it at work to motivate others to do something similar.
- Offer to walk an elderly or sick neighbour’s pet. Sometimes people have difficulty asking for help with smaller tasks. If you know someone has a hard time getting out, let them know you’d be happy to give them a hand.
- Take a donation to the neighbourhood school of non-perishable snack foods like granola bars or crackers, for the office to give out when a child has forgotten their lunch.
As mentioned in our previous blog, Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer, volunteering has been shown to reduce stress and enhance positive emotions like joy and optimism, which can actually boost your immune system. So get out there, help your community and help yourself!