Why Charity Work is So Important

Friday, June 12, 2020

Whether it's time or money, giving away to others is important in today's society.  There are a variety of reasons and I'll get into that but what I want to highlight is that there are so many ways to give back whether it's visiting other countries like Marc Zboch does or just doing something in your own community, the possibilities are endless. 

 The first thing we tend to think of when it comes to charity is money but that's not the only way.  Money can go a long way with supplies, medical costs, and other things but there are people needed to obtain the supplies, make things, prepare meals, and raise awareness for certain causes.  

But there’s another valuable asset that many of us can find a way to give – and that’s time. Giving time is a great gesture and a great way to volunteer or give back. As many of you know, I volunteer my time each week and each month at two local places near me where I do pet therapy with 2 of my chihuahuas. We visit a nursing home and we participate in a library event where kids that struggle with reading can read out loud to dogs since dogs are a non judgement audience.  Most charity organizations don't have money to pay employees so they need people that are willing to help out for free because the money goes to the other things.  And when it comes to time, you don't have to make it a full time thing.  If you can only volunteer twice a month for a few hours each time, it's much needed and much appreciated.  You can be a part of doing the behind the scenes work that keeps everything going.

You can also become an advocate and spread awareness from the comfort of your own home simply by sharing opportunities with others to donate money and time for certain organizations or causes.  Sometimes rides are needed for people who can't drive and someone may have a van they own but rarely use and they can either donate it or actually be a driver to take elderly to appointments, take people in recovery to meetings, or do supply pick ups.

 Helping others gives you a sense of purpose and a rewarding feeling.  It makes you feel like your small actions and efforts are part of the greater good...because they are.  That's an important thing whether you realize it now or not.

Charity work can be as easy as volunteering to man a booth, clean up after an event, or as fun as spending time with shelter animals tending to their needs and socializing them.  Some places even need someone to take and edit photos of their work so that they can spread the word to others.

If you don't know what you can do, all you have to do is ask.  Find an organization or cause you care about and reach out and ask them what they are in need of.  Get creative and think outside the box.  If you are good at making crafts, you can offer to make some things for a charity auction.  If you are good at gardening, perhaps you can help out with a community garden.  And if you are just good at getting the word out, you can make and distribute fliers and brochures.  The possibilites are truly endless.

Do you do any charity work? Share it below!

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