International Volunteers Day is a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work.
With our busy lives, the idea of finding the time to volunteer may seem like an impossible task. However, volunteering is an extremely important way to help individuals, communities and other worthwhile causes, and does not need to take up too much time. And not only can volunteering offer vital help those in need, but it is also proven to make you happier too.*
Volunteering comes in many shapes and forms, but the good news is we all have a capacity to create change. So just to give you a little inspiration, we have made a list of just a few of the ways you and your neighbours can volunteer.
Organise a neighbourhood garden sale for charity: use OurHood to plan a garden sale in your neighbourhood. Almost every house has some furniture, clothes, or some equipment which can be donated because they are no longer needed. The money you raise can then be donated to your chosen charity. Once you have oragnised the event, make sure to post it under Events in OurHood so that the whole neighbourhood can get involved.
Offer to help your neighbours and their family: it can be hard to always find the time to look after our family members. As a neighbour you can offer to help. Whether that is picking up a child from school or offering to look after them for an evening, or caring for elderly parents and grandparents by helping them with groceries or even just dropping by for a coffee. Use your OurHood platform to reach out to your neighbours and ask if you can help them in any way.
Join your local neighbourhood safety organisation: participating in your community organisations, such as Neighbourhood Watches, have a wide range of benefits to your neighbourhood. Beyond increasing the safety of your community, they can help to build a sense of community and assist with neighbourhood beautification and park projects.
Volunteer at an organisation close to your heart: there are plenty of organisations out there that make volunteering for us simple. There are many organisations which don’t just ask for voluntary assistance, but rely on it to survive. Whether it is serving food at a local soup kitchen such as the incredible ‘Ladles of Love’ in Cape Town, or walking rescued dogs at an animal shelter such as Sandton SPCA in Johannesburg, there is an abundance of incredible charities already out there just waiting for your help. If your not sure, why not use the OurHood recommendations platform to ask a fellow neighbour if they know of any great organisations?
Now we have only mentioned a few ideas. You could host a neighbourhood bake off, volunteer at a local school, organise a food co-op, the options are endless (see below). And don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Let us know how you and your neighbours are volunteering by tagging @OurHood and #OurHoodHelpers on social media.
The OurHood Team 🙂
Connecting Neighbours and Strengthening Communities.
- *https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/10/16/volunteering-a-formula-for-help-and-happiness/#294377053cdc or https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm
- ** images taken from https://www.classy.org/blog/infographic-celebrate-international-volunteer-day/
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