There is no doubt the world currently faces some very big problems. With the current crisis restricting travel around much of the globe, many people who would usually use traveling to balance out the stresses and strains of modern life do not have the same outlet. This can leave some not only unhappy but with long periods of inactivity in front of them.
Clearly, the very big problems of the world need very big solutions, but that does not mean that many small acts won’t go some of the way to helping overall. Here are some ways that anyone, especially those with some time on their hands, can get out there and make a difference.
Volunteer with a local charity or good cause
If there is anything that the past 12 months have brought into sharp perspective, it’s that a large number of people need help. It doesn’t matter what an individual’s particular outlook on life happens to be, there will be a good cause or charity they can get involved with.
Helping out at the local homeless shelter doesn’t just have to be about filling bowls at lunchtime but can include plenty of other tasks, depending on what field of expertise the individual has, or merely sitting and talking to people for what could be the only conversation they might have for several days.
Make yourself useful in the local community
This extends to the older members of the community too, especially those who have felt isolated in the current crisis. While many of their needs are being taken care of by neighbors or family, a new face will no doubt be welcome. Again they might need things doing or they might just appreciate a conversation.
For those with quite a lot of time on their hands, volunteering at a thrift store that donates to their chosen cause is a great option. This is not just limited to those with some form of retail experience as almost anybody can sort goods behind the scenes. Even those that are not comfortable with the type of face-to-face contact that a thrift shop might entail could instead work on listing items on the charity’s online platform.
Sponsored events to raise money
If you don’t feel you have the time to help in this way, there are other ways to donate money. For example, by doing sponsored events like cycle rides, walks or other activities you might normally take part in while on your travels and then giving the money to a local good cause or a charity that helps people worldwide such as The Red Cross.
Another alternative might be to collect surplus goods from local businesses and redistribute them to where they are needed. This can be a simple as leftover food from restaurants to redundant IT equipment being disposed of by companies in the area and being given to nearby schools and colleges. As well as helping out those in need, it keeps many items away from landfill for a while longer and reduces the need for more goods to be purchased.
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