A woman giving change back to charity

How Giving Back Keeps Giving Back

 “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

The phrase “it’s better to give than to receive” isn’t just something your parents invented to get the 8-year-old you to behave at birthday parties.  It happens to be true. Giving something back really does offer a sense of purpose and fulfillment that’s hard to match.

And of the ways to ‘pay it back’, volunteering might be one of the best (and easiest). 

The options are almost limitless, but if you’re looking for inspiration, try these ideas for size.

Help someone read

Ever imagined what it’d be like to try doing your job, or even routine stuff like grocery shopping, if you couldn’t read?  Tough, right? 

And yet for millions of adults, it’s a reality.  Fortunately, the likes of NCFL and Canada’s public libraries are there to promote (adult and child) literacy.  But they need volunteers to read with students, help with book drives and so on.

Help your local animal shelter

Seeing animals neglected or abused is devastating.  But at the same time, there’s little more life-affirming than seeing those same animals returned to health or placed with loving families.

Animal shelters like ASPCA or Canada’s provincial charities always need volunteers to help walk or and feed their fur kids, or with adoption and advocacy efforts.

If you’re an animal lover who isn’t able to have a pet of your own, this is for you.

Provide a meal for those in need

One in seven Americans reportedly relies on food banks.  20% of Canadians say they’ve used one at some point.

Organizations like Feeding America and Food Banks Canada do incredible work providing those people with somewhere to turn, and you can help them out with, say, preparing or distributing food.  Who knows, you might even learn a few new recipes!

Help someone get online

Chances are that you shop, bank, pay bills and more online.  Often, it’s the only way to get the best deals, or to get some products at all.

But what if you couldn’t?  Didn’t even know where to start.  What’s second nature to us could be life-changing for someone else, particularly the elderly or “digitally disenfranchised”. 

So how about actually putting those years spent playing Fortnite to some use by helping out a local digital literacy initiative?

Small actions, big differences 🙏🏽