Many of us wish we could do more to help, but what’s stopping you? Doing your bit to make a difference doesn’t have to mean giving up your time or money – there are things you can do every day that can help make the world a better place.
While you might not have lots of money to donate or you have little free time, there are still some great things you can do that will make more of a difference than you realize.
Learn about some of the ways you can help make a difference with the suggestions below.
Recycling is something that everyone should be doing to try and improve the earth. The amount of waste we produce could be having a serious impact on the environment, so it’s up to us to change our habits. There are some simple ways to recycle that will just become a part of your daily routine over time, helping you to do your part without much effort.
Reduce your use of plastic
The use of plastic is something that has been getting a lot of media attention lately, and it’s time to start thinking about ways you can use less of it every day. Simple solutions for reducing plastic waste include refusing plastic straws and using bags made from paper or recyclable material. Even chewing gum can have an impact on the environment, so switch to breath mints as a way to freshen your breath instead.
You can donate money regularly using an advanced payment or PayPal payment to help your favorite charities. If you tend to waste $5 a month on something like buying magazines, why not switch to reading online and giving your money to charity instead? When you set up a regular transaction for charitable donations, you won’t notice the money leaving your account each month.
If your health allows you, giving blood can be a very rewarding thing to do with your time. You can donate blood at Red Cross centers which are located all over the country. There are some restrictions you’ll need to keep an eye on, but otherwise, a regular blood donation can really help those in need. If you were to need a blood transfusion in the future, you’d realize how much of a big deal it is that people give their time so generously to help others in emergency medical situations.
Have a clear out
A clear out of your home can help you to donate unwanted goods to others, instead of having them take up space. Clothes, in particular, are good to donate, as they can go to goodwill and charities to benefit those who need them. Clear out your closet and divide your items into things that can be donated, and those that can be recycled. You’ll find that there are many initiatives out there from clothing stores and other organizations who will recycle clothes of any quality – using them to help people in need. Reduce the amount of clutter in your closet by having a ‘one in, one out’ policy that only lets you put a new item in when you get rid of another.
Join social initiatives
There are plenty of fantastic social initiatives out there that you can get involved in to help you make a difference. Many of these initiatives require little effort, but you’d be surprised at the impact they can make on people’s lives. You can read more about the work that MyPostcard do to help others, using what is typically a commercial app to do some good to help others. There are great stories of companies who are doing amazing things to help others, so make sure you take the time to check them out and get involved if you can.
Celebrate awareness days
It might feel like there’s a ‘national something day’ happening every day, but there are some awareness days that are more important to note than others. Days such as World Water Day, World Autism Awareness Day, etc. are important to note, and you could do your bit by spreading the word. A simple tweet or Facebook post is all it takes to help spread the message and encourage others to stop and think.
Volunteer your time
While you might not be able to commit to weekly or even monthly volunteering, there are some things you can do to help offer your time to others. Whether it’s helping children to learn to read, visiting the elderly or volunteering at soup kitchens – there are things you can do when you’ve got the time to help others. You could even look a little closer to home and help those in your community – a neighbor who’s unable to walk their dog or needs help with some yard work could greatly appreciate your offer of help.
Become a virtual volunteer
If volunteering in your community isn’t something you’re interested in or you feel there are other ways you could offer your time, why not become a virtual volunteer instead? If you have digital skills, in particular, you can help with creating social media content, blogs, website copy and other tasks that can help charities and other projects get their work out there. Making the most of your skills to help others can be a worthwhile experience, and is also something you can put on your resume to help you with future job opportunities.
With so many great ways to help others, you should look at the different ways that you can use your time to make a difference. There are plenty of ways to find happiness in helping others that can help make a change in you, as well as the world. Helping others is a great lesson to teach your children too, so if you can find time as a family to spend time volunteering or doing something good for the environment, you’ll help them develop into conscientious citizens. Volunteer your time and help make a difference.
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