Here’s a question for you – what do you do to give back to your community?
No, I’m not being that annoying person with a bright coloured jacket and a clipboard asking for donations in the street. It’s much more than that – for one, you’re reading this in the comfort of your home and haven’t got someone trying to catch your attention… unless you’re not alone and you’re not paying any attention to them. Awkward.
There’s so many ways of helping out your community. It’s one of the things I love doing – whether it’s intentional or not! So this blog post will be exploring how I give back to the community, and how you can too.
According to NCVO, over 14.2 million people formally volunteered (e.g. working with organisations and groups) in 2015-2016, while 18 million people informally volunteered (e.g. helping individuals not associated with an organisation).
What benefits does helping out have?
- Developing and enhancing personal and professional skills
- Meeting new people
- Boost of self-confidence
- Adding work experience to your C.V.
- Learning more about the community and those you’re helping
- Making a difference to a cause or someone’s life
- Experience new things – from travelling to cooking!
- Getting fit – especially if it’s anything to do with sport
Some examples on giving back to the community
- Volunteering: Being a governor at a local school or college, mentoring, being a street/uni angel, visiting those who are lonely (e.g. residential homes), community clean ups and walking those cute dogs.
- Raising money: Sponsored activities (especially challenging ones that you’ve never considered before!), cake sales, putting loose change towards charity.
- Donate: Food, clothes, toys, potential raffle prizes, homemade items (such as knitted blankets and hats for babies) and money.
- Random Acts of Kindness: Check in on loved ones, smile at people, talk to a stranger and check in that they’re ok, holding the door open, leave money in the vending machine for the next person, write something positive and leave it on the bus/street/in a cafe and surprising a friend with a gift.
- Spreading the word: Sharing an event on Facebook (even if you can’t make it!), sharing petitions for a cause and letting others know about key information, such as local organisations for the homeless when its getting cold.
- Supporting each other: Sponsoring friends and family taking part in challenges, liking other bloggers content, sharing and buying local artists work, shopping at small local businesses, meeting up with others (bloggers or artists) and giving positive feedback on experiences.
So it’s now your turn – what do you do to give back to the community?