In today’s world, it can be difficult to feel as though you have the power to make a difference. Nonetheless, even though you are just one person, you do have the ability to affect change, and even actions that may seem small can make a big difference. Read on for three ways to improve your community and the world at large.
If you have some extra time on your hands and are looking to put it to good use, there are many wonderful organizations that depend on both skilled and nonskilled volunteers to carry out their missions. The possibilities are truly endless: even if you are unable to travel to a particular site, there are remote opportunities that require only a laptop and Internet connection. Some organizations are looking specifically for women volunteers Washington DC, while others seek out men or even teens.
Nonprofit organizations are reliant on donations as well as volunteer hours. If you have the means to do so, donating money or certain commodities, such as gently used clothing or toys, has a major impact. Even a small donation of $5 or $10 goes a long way. Many organizations offer the option of setting up a recurring donation, so that you automatically give a certain amount each month or year.
Being kind is completely free, and yet all too often it seems to be lacking in the places where it is needed most. Reach out to friends, family and coworkers who seem like they could use an extra hand, or offer a smile and a pleasant word to people that you encounter out in public. You could easily be the highlight of someone’s day.
There are billions of people alive on the planet today, and it may seem as though your ability to make things better is limited. Just remember that what you do does make a difference, and act with empathy as much as possible.