10 Ways to Give Back to Your Community This Year
By: Visakha, Diamond
Published On: October 01, 2021
To live in a community is to belong to something greater than ourselves. Like Hellen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Similarly, communities hold the power to create goodness, bring progress, and advance humanity. From active charitable pursuits to small yet impactful steps that can bring positive change in society, a little kindness and a little care can go a long way.
Below are some sustainable community service ideas that you can incorporate in your day to day life to make a difference in society.
Marathons or Charity walks: Participating in charity walks or marathons have a bigger impact than we can imagine. They not only help raise awareness about something important, but they also show solidarity in a community. For instance, Habitat for Humanity held marathons in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru in the year 2020, to raise support for housing, sanitation, and disaster response initiatives. People across the states, who believed in the cause, participated in the run and expressed their unity towards the right to decent housing.
Birthday Fundraiser: You can also make a difference with a birthday fundraiser. If you wish to spend your birthday helping the needy, you can collect funds for the same. The funds can be used to buy clothes, food, and even a cake to make your celebration more wholesome.
Local Park Clean-up: We owe our parks and playgrounds for providing us with a space to explore recreational activities, sports, picnics, etc. You and your friends or family could pay a visit to the local parks and playgrounds and engage in a cleanliness drive. The cleaner it is, the better it is for the community. Moreover, self-satisfaction can only lead to further commitment to society at large.
Volunteering at an NGO: It would not only benefit you with leadership experience and personal growth but would also open avenues to explore social issues that require our attention. With diverse volunteering opportunities gaining traction in the country, you can now use your skillset to help local communities in ways you had not known before. Your participation at NGOs that work towards women empowerment, health care, or for children with special needs can contribute to projects that strengthen a community. You can also start a fundraiser to support an NGO just like J Rama Mohana Rao did for Jesus Christ Charitable Trust.
Volunteering at an Old Age Home: Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”, Volunteering at an old age home, for example, won’t just give you a bigger and better perspective on life, but you might also make deep and emotional connections with people whose lessons you will value for years to come.
Volunteering at an Animal Shelter: If you are an animal lover, you could always volunteer at an animal shelter. Playing with dogs, cleaning cages, or feeding the cats can also improve your mental well-being to an extent but mostly it would keep the animals feeling happy and loved. An extra belly rub never hurt anyone!
Recycling: This is another way to help the community and the planet. With countless DIY (Do-It-Yourself) ideas on social media and elsewhere, not everything needs to be thrown away after use. Besides, a minimalist way of living contributes to a clutter-free mind and a clutter-free life. So, the next time your water cans run out of water, they can maybe serve as pots for your plants, and your abandoned shoebox can easily transform into a cosmetics holder. You can browse the link here for more interesting and doable ideas. Recycling almost-waste materials into something minimalist and usable is an ecological and sustainable way to give back to society.
Care packages for the Needy: Basic household items and food can be a blessing to a homeless person. We must acknowledge that not everyone has access to adequate food, let alone proper clothes. Distributing basic items to the people in need can be a fulfilling journey to feeling gratitude for all we have and for all that we can do to make a difference.
Beach Clean-up: We enjoy beach days, but does the beach enjoy having us? From plastics to papers and more, our beaches experience filth as much as they experience joy. One way to give back the same love and respect to our beaches is to engage in cleanliness drives. Cleaning the beach off all the dirt would not only create a safer and healthier space for the community at large, but would also nurture healthy aquatic life.
Blood Donation: If you have a desire in you to save human life but you don’t know how then there is one thing you can do. It is a blood donation. By donating blood, you are also giving hope to those in need. Remember, every drop counts.
Community service is about feeling a sense of pride, identity, and belonging. By helping people or causes, or by participating in acts that help promote any kind of growth of the society, is a fulfilling way to show gratitude to the earth, to the society, and to each other.
A little courage and a little empathy go a long way. If you have a community-driven cause that you are passionate about and need funding in order to take forward, you can try crowdfunding at ImpactGuru, the biggest medical fundraising platform in India and the most trusted crowdfunding site. From fundraisers that save lives to supporting NGO that bring much-needed awareness, crowdfunding has become a popular way of giving back to the community. If you wish and are able to aid somebody else’s cause, then you can explore our existing fundraisers as well.
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