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Benefits of Volunteering (5 Surprising Benefits)

This year, what if we did away with our old notions of New Year’s resolutions. You know the ones: losing weight, reading more, exercising more. What if this year we decided to do something impactful to other people’s lives? Volunteering may be the answer.

Benefits of Volunteering

There are many benefits of volunteering but here is my list of the top ones:

Volunteering is Good for Organizations

There are many organizations set up to help others. Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and YMCA are just a few. These organizations make huge contributions and are impactful to other people’s lives. Many times these organizations are understaffed. By volunteering with one or more of these organizations, you can help them to keep their legacy of giving strong.

Volunteering

Aids People in Need

People in need are the reason these organizations exist. From natural disasters to homelessness, volunteering provides direct relief to people in need. When you help someone directly, you gain a feeling of deep satisfaction.

Volunteering can be fun

Meet New People

As you volunteer, you naturally meet new people with similar goals and aspirations as your own. These encounters can lead to lasting friendships.

Volunteering Teaches You New Skills

When you volunteer, you learn new skills. Clerical skills like bookkeeping and event management can help you in your own personal life. Leadership skills can be honed by organizing events and delegating tasks. Volunteer organizations like Habitat for Humanity teach woodworking and home building skills that can be invaluable in your daily life.

Volunteering can be impactful

Volunteering Feels Good

By volunteering, you get a major endorphin rush as you see how your help directly impacts others. It helps build self-confidence and gives you a better sense of being.

Conclusion

Volunteering can be a great New Year’s resolution. Do you have a favorite organization to volunteer with? If so, leave us a comment below.

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Love Can Change the World: 6 Ways to Make an Impact in your Community

Today the Life Hacker site published a guest blog post I wrote entitled “Love can change the World: 6 Ways to Make an Impact in your Community“.  Here are the highlights of the article:

Love Can Change the World

Love can change the world

  • Understanding the needs of others
  • How to use your talents and positions of influence
  • How to conduct anonymous acts of kindness
  • How to volunteer in your community
  • How to practice daily kindness

Here is the full article, please share it with others: http://bit.ly/20slbsL 

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Want to impact Someone’s Holiday? 10 ways to do it

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on the year and to help others. Giving does not have to be expensive. With a bit of creativity, you can impact someone in a positive way and they are likely to pass along the kindness. Can’t think of ways to do this? Here are a few ideas.

1. Pay it Forward at the Grocery Store

When you check out, hand the cashier $20 and ask them to apply that money towards the purchase of the person behind you. This will surely brighten their holiday season.

2. Thank your Parents this Holiday Season

Instead of sending your parents a card, hand-write a note telling them how much you appreciate them and how they have impacted your life.

3. Help Pay for Someone’s Gas

Tape an envelope with $10 inside to the credit card slot of a gas pump. Write a note that simply says “Thanks for finding this. Happy Holidays!”

4. Purchase a few Gifts for a Family in Need

Contact a local church or synagogue and ask if they have a family that needs help with a few gifts for the holidays. Tell them your budget and ask if you can purchase gifts within that budget. Ask them to keep the gift anonymous.

5. Tip your Mail Carrier

Leave $20 in cash for your mail carrier. They deliver your mail every week, why not give back during the holiday season?

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6. Gift your Crafts

If you are crafty, consider giving your creations to friends, family or people in need.

7. Cook for a Family in Need

If you know of a family in need, cook a dinner for them. If you don’t know a family in need, ask a local church.

8. Volunteer

Volunteer at a soup kitchen, local church, or for an organization (like Habitat for Humanity).

9. De-clutter and Donate

You probably have lots of things that are sitting around without being used. It could be clothes, furniture, tools, or toys. Donate these items to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, a local church or some other organization that would love to have it.

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10. Make something Old New

If you are handy, find an older bicycle from Craigs List or a friend. Fix it up by painting it, changing out the tires and putting on a new chain. Once you’ve fixed it up, find a neighbor whose kid would love to have it. It doesn’t have to be a bicycle, you can find lots of things to fix up and give away.

Conclusion

Why not make someone’s day? Happy Holidays! If you have other ideas for giving back, please share your ideas in the comments below.

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