I am a giver. I want to help those in need, from my neighbor to a stranger. You need help, I’m your girl. I think that’s the social worker in me, I just want to make a difference in this world. I remember when I was a kid I wanted to go to Africa and feed all those hungry kids they showed on TV. Seriously I was just going to pack a bag and some food and just feed them. (the ignorance of youth). As I got older I found that the problem was much bigger than I could overcome on my own, and I felt entirely helpless to do anything.Now, I am not going to teach you how to end world hunger in this post, Even the most intelligent people in the world are still trying to figure that one out, but I thought since Make a Difference Day was coming up, I’d go over a few ways you can pay it forward without feeling totally overwhelmed.
My church goes downtown once a month to feed the homeless. I have many things to say about the way this is run, how we don’t have enough supplies to give out to everyone, and how it breaks my entire heart to have to tell people we ran out, but I won’t get into all that because my new motto is “Done is better than perfect.” Atleast we can help as many as we can. I won’t that to really be your take away. Help as many as you can.
Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission: to improve the lives of others. Make A Difference Day has evolved from an idea for a national day of service on February 29, 1992, a Leap Year. It has transformed into the current national event held annually on the fourth Saturday every October. This Year it will be held on October 28th, 2017
Make A Difference Day shows that anyone, no matter of age or background, can m e an impact on their community. Thousands of projects take place every October. Some large, many small. But each effort makes an important difference to our communities. Make A Difference Day is made possible by you and the people of TEGNA with the help from Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light.
There are a lot of ways you can help. I recommend planning a project as a family, group, team etc and just giving it your all. Help. Bond. Repeat. I’ve made a little list for you to help you not get so overwhelmed while trying to do some good.
Helping others can be overwhelming. Check out our tips on making a difference while practicing self care.
- Pray, Meditate: Whatever your particular religion calls for. The main objective is to put out there that you are doing this to help others and you need strength to complete this task and touch someone’s life.
- Take on a small task – volunteer at an agency that can put your Man Hours to good use.
- Leave your expectations a t the door. The goal is to be of use and to HELP. So be a helper, whatever they need. Do not have your heart set on a particular task, they might not need that today.
- Try and connect with people when serving the clients. Look them in the eye and be polite. They are just people and deserve that respect, no matter what their background is.
- Rely on others. This is where the team thing comes in. Help each other out, while helping the community. It builds bonds and it shows you have each others backs.
- You are no Wonderwoman/Superman. You can not do everything on your own. Don’t feel like you have to knock it all out. Do your best and pace yourself.
- Come dressed for the part. Make sure everything you wear is comfortable. No matter what you’re doing you want to be able to move and be on your feet.
- Stick to your schedule. If you are set to be on site for an hour two, or the entire day. Don’t deviate from that. You’re busy and charities know that, don’t feel like you HAVE to stay late to finish a project, trust me – helping people can take over your life so stick to a schedule and remember your self care.
- Don’t be afraid to offer insight. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is needed to solve a problem. Don’t be afraid to say – you know if we did it this way, we’d get a lot more done… You’ll be surprised how agencies depend on volunteer input to make a ship run as smooth as possible.
- Remember your purpose and move accordingly. You are there to serve, no matter what your motivations might be, that’s why your there. Get your hands dirty, break a sweat( don’t over due it though, #SelfCare) You are there for the people so do something.
I don’t know how many times I’ve been to an event when my purpose was to help and I see people not doing anything but taking selfies and then post on Facebook like they did this amazing thing helping other blah blah blah… Get in there and do something. Move around a little, talk to some people. A kind word can do wonders, you never know if that is the only nice thing someone said to them all week.