While Mandela Day has come and gone, it doesn’t mean that your opportunity to get involved has too.
As you know, 18 July is synonymous with spending 67 minutes of your time (or more) making a meaningful contribution to our communities. Here are 5 easy ways you can pay it forward all year round.
1. Help build a home
Habitat for Humanity’s main goal is to make sure people have safe and decent places to live. You can join in on one of the many other builds that Habitat for Humanity has lined up for the rest of this year. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to connect with the community and make it a better place, even helping out with tasks that may seem small can make a real difference. It’s also a two-way street: It can benefit you as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. Here are a few suggestions on how you can get involved.
2. Earn a few brownie points
We know that it can be a little bit hard to find a cause that you more than just care about. That’s where Brownie Points comes in, it’s like an online classifieds but for volunteers. Whether you are looking to work with children or the elderly, Brownie Points will match your interests with an organisation that could do with a helping hand from you.
3. Share your skills
Helping your community doesn’t just mean volunteering at the homeless shelter or YMCA. You could also share the skills you’ve developed during your 9 to 5. If you’re a contractor, you could help repair your neighbour’s home. If you’re a marketing maven, perhaps there is a struggling small business near you that could do with your knowledge of social media.
4. Snap and Post to Sell… for charity
Charities sometimes get overloaded with donated clothes or food that fulfil certain needs but not all, e.g. baby clothes but none for the teens. In those cases, money is preferred as they can fill the gaps. So, if you’ve got a few things gathering dust in your home, snap a few photos and post an ad on OLX. You can donate all the proceeds you make to an organisation (or a few) of your choice. At the same time, your buyer has bought something they need from you at a price they could afford compared to buying it new. Also, it’s a win-win because you get to clear up some space and make a difference in more than one person’s life.
5. Spread some puppy love
Face it friends, nobody cheers you up more than your furry four-legged friend. You can share that cheer and volunteer your dog to become a therapy dog. Once you and your doggo have been trained and certified through a therapy dog organisation, you’ll be able to bring joy to people from all walks of life.
Whether it’s big or small, everyone has a gift that they can share and help make a change in any way they can. By the way, if you were wondering how we spent our 67 minutes, here’s a quick video. We plan to continue our relationship with Habitat for Humanity beyond just this build. We hope you can help us with this goal by donating whatever you can spare.