Being charitable is a wonderful thing which has a positive impact on both you and those who you are trying to help. Sadly there are not enough people who are dedicated to being charitable and it is about time that we tried to change that. There is no judgment here, for many years I did nothing to help and it was only after my friend started working for the charity American Fundraising Foundation that I was inspired to be a more charitable person. There are many ways in which you can be more charitable and here are just a few suggestions which you may wish to try out.
If there is a particular charity which is doing work that you support then you can help them in their efforts. You could work as a fundraiser for them, making calls and talking to people on the streets to try and get them to give. Alternatively you could work in a charity store which helps them to make money for their efforts. You could even join them on the front line of whatever it is that they are doing. Charities have a huge range of positions which you could take on, join them and see how you can help.
Many people who say that charity starts at home, don’t even support their local community and this is a vital area which needs help. Volunteering in the local community could include anything from helping out community-based projects with their efforts, working with the church to support what they are doing, helping to look after children, spending time with the elderly or even helping out in your local school or hospital. Community support is required not only to help those in need, but also to help bring the community that bit closer together. I you have an issue and you are in need, it is nice to know that you can rely on your neighbors and on your local community.
Do it Yourself
You don’t have to join a pre-existing charity or organization to make a difference, there is a great deal which you can do yourself. If you have a particular skill for example then you could use this to help. A friend of mine is a football coach and he set up a team using kids from local communities who have had tough lives, he trains them three times per week and they have even started playing games against the local teams. Doing something like this on your own can either be for the benefit of helping those in your area, or perhaps even in order to raise money for a charity which you support. Don’t ever think that there is nothing that you can do, there always is. Also it doesn’t matter how much time you have, or don’t have, there is always a way in which you can support and do good for others, regardless of how busy your personal life is.