Volunteering is a great way to help others who are less fortunate. It’s easy to do and can mean so much. It’s also a good lesson for your children. Teaching them to give from their heart, with no expectation of anything in return is one of the most valuable things you can do.
Definition of Volunteering
Volunteering simply means giving something from your heart to someone who needs it. You shouldn’t expect anything in return except the good feeling you get on the inside knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.
Volunteering Time, Money and Knowledge
Volunteering your time is the most common way people tend to help the needy. Serving food at a soup kitchen or reading to residents at a retirement home is always appreciated.
There are so many charities that need money to help the less fortunate. Donating a few dollars at a time can bring them closer to their goals. Giving pocket change to the people on the corner holding the signs can mean the difference between their children eating that day or going hungry.
If someone has a car in need of repair and can’t afford a mechanic, volunteer your knowledge by helping them fix it. They may need it to get to work. You could be helping them keep their job rather than getting fired and ending up homeless. Tutoring a child who is struggling in a class could be the boost they need to become the next great scientist to find a cure for cancer.
Set An Example
Since my daughter was very young, I have always given money to strangers at stop lights. When I receive donation requests in the mail, I send a few dollars to each of them. She has been raised this way, so when she sees a good cause, she always wants to help.
When there was a flood in Lewis County in December of 2007, she wanted to do something to help. We knew we couldn’t help everyone, but wanted to make a difference to as many people as possible.
We went to a home improvement store in another county and stocked up on cleaning supplies, cases of water and gift cards. We knocked on doors in the hardest hit areas to see if anyone needed anything. The sad stories we heard of people who lost everything made us realize how fortunate we are.
If everyone started volunteering one hour a month, so many lives could be helped. If you’re too busy to give up an hour, try donating an hour worth of pay each month. It can be to a local charity such as The Salvation Army or directly to someone you see on a street corner. You won’t believe how good you’ll feel on the inside knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.