Are You Giving Back to Your Community?
You’ve been working like crazy all summer long, but you don’t have the time or the means to take the kind of vacation where you get to sit on a beach while someone regularly brings you ice cubes swimming in tequila.
Thursday has written how you can create an excellent experience by volunteering your skills for a local non-profit or charity.
Sure, you could put your mad coding skills to good use for the local homeless shelter, or write some fantastic press release for whatever cause you align with – but sometimes a change is as good as a rest, and you might want to break out of your normal daily routine.
Here’s a list of places that can use your help; physically, financially, or just by visibly supporting them. Many of you already know how cathartic building something is, and if it’s something that another family can live in – all I can say is WOW.
Habitat for Humanity – you don’t need to be a master carpenter to help Habitat for Humanity. Pushing a broom, washing windows, and sweeping floors all need your talents. What I like about this, is you are directly helping someone – or some family – in your local community.
Red Cross – want a mini vacation from your current work day? Take an hour or two and go donate something that you made yourself that will save someone else’s life – your blood. And to make the deal even sweeter – you get to have free cookies and juice. In Canada, I use Canadian Blood Services.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Teach your new brother or sister how to code, how to write, or how to draw. Then just hang out, and see the world through the eyes of a kid. Already have kids? Then one more isn’t going to hurt you, but it might make a world of difference to your child and your new brother/sister.
As the internet continues to shrink our world around us, what do you do to give back? If you haven’t yet, plan to do it this month. I guarantee that you will enjoy it, or I’ll give you your money back**.
** Money back guarantee doesn’t actually involve money, but it’s the thought that counts.**