How much do you do for good causes each week? Most of us make the mistake of focusing on ourselves and not doing what we can for those who are in need. Here are some ways in which you can do more for good causes each day.
Don’t Walk Past Homeless People
Yes, I know we’re all guilty of this. It’s a terrible feeling yet we do it anyway. But what exactly are we afraid of? These people find themselves in terrible situations through no fault of their own, so we should be doing all we can to help them out. It can be awkward, but you know it’s the right thing to do.
So, next time you see a homeless person sitting on the street, ask yourself if there’s anything you can do to help them. The chances are you at least have some spare change that you can offer to them. That small amount of money is probably nothing to you, but it could make the world of difference to a homeless person.
Take Part in Community Functions
It’s a cliche, but charity does start at home. Before you get onto tackling world poverty, you should do everything you can to make your own community a more pleasant and equal place to live. You’ll find that local churches and community organisations are putting on events that are designed to help people out all the time.
This is now truer than ever in our austere times. You can get directly involved in events that raise money for specific charities, or you could donate something to them that will make a real, material difference. If there’s a cake sale being put on by the church down the road, do your bit by doing some baking. You can even help out by donating money to your local church with this mobile giving software.
Volunteer Time to Charities
Your time can be just as important as your money. This is something that a lot of people forget when they’re thinking about how they can do more for good causes. It’s understandable that you might not be able to donate money to charities every week. Most of us don’t have spare cash to throw around, but you can donate your time.
Most charities are constantly on the lookout for volunteers who are willing to give their time for no financial return. Without these kinds of people, charities simply wouldn’t be able to function. Business owners like Issa Asad do this all the time, but it’s something that anyone can do, no matter how rich or poor you are.
Good causes aren’t limited to charities. Hospitals and medical centres are always short on blood, so why not think about donating yours to them? It’s not the most pleasant process, and it won’t be for everyone. But imagine the difference that blood could make. It could even save someone’s life, and there’s nothing more noble than that.
It’s not as difficult as you might think either. It’s not exactly fun, but it’s not painful either so don’t be put off. Talk to people who have donated blood before and see what they say about it. Another idea is to sign up for organ donation. All this means is that when you die, your organs can be used in transplant operations. There’s nothing to lose!
Have a Clear Out
I love buying things from charity shops. There’s always interesting books and clothes that you wouldn’t find anywhere else at such low prices. But for those things to find themselves in charity shops, people have to donate them. So, go through your old things and see what you don’t want anymore, and give that stuff to charity.
Clearing out your house is a good idea regardless of what you do with the stuff you clear out anyway. We all amass a lot of possessions over the years, most of which we don’t really want or need. And the selfless thing to do would be to donate those items to charity.
Buy Fairtrade Products
Economic justice is something that the vast majority of people in the West don’t really think about. Did you know that by buying the products you consume each week, you could be complicit in the exploitation of producers and farmers in foreign countries? The Fairtrade organisation aims to correct this.
If you buy any product that has a Fairtrade logo or sticker on it, it means that the people that produced it were paid a fair price for the work they did. This isn’t just about making you feel less guilty about your own consumption; it makes a real difference to the lives of people who are so often exploited.
Help an Elderly Neighbor
There are people all around us that are in need, but they’re probably too proud to ask for help. That’s why we need to make sure we’re always there to offer our services and help out anyone in the community who needs it. It doesn’t take much effort to check up on an elderly or vulnerable neighbour, but it could mean a lot to them.
By doing this, you’ll encourage other people in the community to do the same. All you need to do is ask them how they’re doing and see if they need any help doing the shopping each week. Simply sitting down with them and having a conversation could be all they need. Isolation can be a big problem for elderly people.
Do a Fun Run
If you want to get fit while you do your bit for a good cause, you could take part in a fun run. You don’t have to be a semi-pro athlete to do this, it’s open to everyone. You can walk around the track if you don’t like running. All you have to do to raise the money for charity is cross the finish line.
But if you are the athletic type, you can push yourself even further. Some people take on marathons and raise thousands of pounds for charity. The way you raise the money is usually through sponsorship. If everyone one you know gives a little money, you can raise a lot for your chosen charity.
It’s our responsibility as citizens to do our bit for positive causes, so try out a few of these ideas.