Each of us was born to help others in one way or another. That’s why, when we do help others, it creates a sense of deeper purpose, it adds fulfillment to our lives, and it boosts our overall well-being. Furthermore, the whole community and world-at-large benefits when its residents are thriving.
So, if you feel like you’re ready to step in and make a difference in your community by helping people in need, these tips can help you get started.
Understand the Issues
First of all, it’s important to learn about the issues faced by many people in our communities.
There are more than 500,000 homeless people in the U.S., half of which are over the age of 50.
There are countless homeless pets in the U.S., and 77% of pets in underserved communities have never been to the veterinarian.
Many seniors face a wide variety of issues related to their physical, mental, and emotional health each day.
Put Boots on the Ground
Once you begin to learn about the struggles of your fellow community members, it’s time to get out there and make a difference!
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation has a number of volunteer opportunities available including administrative work and outdoor projects.
Organizing a food drive and donating harvest from your garden are a couple of ways to help address the hunger problem in your area.
You could also offer to tutor students in your community.
You can benefit the animals in your community by bringing in strays, fostering pets, and calling animal control if you see a homeless pet.
Coaching a youth sports team is another idea for investing in young people.
And you could even start your own charity!
Put Your Money to Work
Donations come in many forms! Think about how your money can help.
When you get a call from an organization asking for money, don’t always just hang up and forget about it; research the organization and consider saying yes.
And you know those opportunities at the checkout counter to donate to certain charities? Do that, too.
Starting and Running a Successful Nonprofit
If you are interested in getting involved in your local community by starting a nonprofit organization, check out these amazing resources!
Learn how to conduct a needs assessment to determine viability of nonprofit.
Read about how to start a nonprofit organization and how to incorporate.
California will allow you to structure your nonprofit as an LLC.
Each state has their own requirements and costs associated with setting up a nonprofit.
By learning about the issues, getting out there and volunteering, and being flexible with your time and money, you can play a significant role in bettering your community and the world. And you will likely experience benefits along the way that you didn’t even expect.