One of the most rewarding things that anyone can do is to give up their time in the name of charity, helping others less fortunate than themselves. Whether it is the man in the street or going overseas, every effort is appreciated and works towards making someone else’s life that little bit better. In 2016, 61% of people in the United Kingdom gave to charity, meaning that more than half of the population are more than happy to give back. What that statistic doesn’t show, however, is how many are willing to give up their time, getting hands-on with charity work.
Would you even know where to start?
Local Homeless Shelter
If you find your local homeless shelter, seek out a member of the team and enquire as to how you can get involved. You won’t be turned away as shelters are always looking for an extra pair of hands, whether it is to help serve food, washes the dishes or just to speak to their guests.
In the case that you don’t have the time to give but you still want to help, consider donating any food that you have leftover. Rather than throwing food away because you don’t want it anymore if it is still edible, donate it to a shelter or food bank that will ensure that it reaches someone who will be more than appreciative of it.
Many have travelled abroad to help those in need in third world countries on their bucket lists, but few actually get round to crossing it off. If you are serious about wanting to go away to volunteer in such countries, speak to a well-established charity that is active in the area as to how you could potentially get involved.
A lot of global charities are actively seeking volunteers for refugee camps, to help with feeding and clothing those in need. The majority of deployments last for a week, although some organisations may specify a longer time period and you may also be required to undergo a DBS check.
You will also be required to raise funds for your trip, covering the costs of flights and accommodation. The charity will speak to you to talk through your fundraising plans and what the contingency plan is in the unfortunate event that you fall short of your target.
Charities holding fundraising events are always in need of willing volunteers to join their events team to ensure a well-hosted fundraiser. Whether it is acting as a marshal for a fun run, helping to transport items to and from the venue or simply helping out on the cake stall, there will almost certainly be something that you can help out with.
At the end of the day, when all of the money has been collected and counted, you can take a great amount of pride in knowing that you have played your part in helping to raise the final sum. The best part of volunteering at a fundraising event is that, while you are working to raise money for something serious, the atmosphere is jovial and the camaraderie means that you will be looking forward to the next opportunity.
Putting the Fun in Fundraising The most important part about volunteering, besides helping those in needs, is to have fun and ensure that those around you are also having fun. Charity begins by putting a smile on someone’s face and even if that is the only thing that you manage, it is still more than anyone who chooses to sit at home.
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