For many of us, there comes a time when we think about helping or contributing to a cause that has meaning for us. For some it is the result of ourselves or a loved one being afflicted by an ailment, so we want to support the organization that is looking for the cure. For others it might be the love of the symphony or theatre. Still others feel the need to support housing, poverty, or the local hospital auxiliary.
It is interesting that in Canada they have found that the number of people donating to charity has dropped but the amounts given per person has risen. This means that charities are scrambling for funds as their base has dropped and, for some, this is critical.
Increasingly, I am hearing people say, “I don’t have discretionary money to give to the charities”. While money funding certainly is important, so is time. Charities also need ‘hands’ to help with their promotions, with their events, and with their fund-raisers. You don’t need to have money to volunteer and support.
The younger generation likes to see progress, be involved in something meaningful to them. They may not have money to give, but they can help in so many other ways that can make a difference. Organizations would be wise to engage them, make the task meaningful and make use of their talents.
For those who are thinking of volunteering, do it! It is rewarding! Yes, you can do it through service clubs or groups but that may not appeal to you, so just contact the organizations you want to support directly, and they will be only too glad to get you on board. You don’t have to join a club to make a difference.
So, why do it? First and foremost, it helps the organization you volunteer for, secondly, it helps the community. The hidden benefit that you receive is the skills you learn, both hard skills and soft skills, things like leadership and project management.
Step up today and support your community, learn new skills, and have fun!
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