Today’s Ten On Tuesday topic is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Specifically, it’s in honor of his commitment to serving others and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. As Dr. King said, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” Here are my ideas for 10 Things You Can Do To Serve Others.
- Donate to your local food pantry. This is the easiest thing to do – just buy some extras next time you grocery stop and drop them off. If you want to talk it a step further you could contact the food pantry and ask about specific items they might need. I try to buy things that can’t be purchased with SNAP benefits, things like toothpaste and soap and personal hygiene products.
- Join a service club. I haven’t been in Kiwanis for a super long time but I can’t imagine my life without it now. It feels good to work hard and have fun and know that others will benefit.
- Volunteer at a local shelter. You could serve meals (we have done this through Kiwanis) or perform other tasks as neeeded.
- Volunteer at your public library. We use volunteers a lot for shelving materials and it’s a big help as it frees us up to do other tasks.
- Contact your local senior center and ask about helping out. I get a lot of phone calls from seniors looking for rides to medical appointments in Boston (our transportation program doesn’t go beyond the local area), looking for someone to help them with yard work, snow removal and more. I don’t get a lot of phone calls from people offering to help with these things.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter. Or become a foster parent to animals looking for adoption. I’m a soft touch and wouldn’t be able to handle this one myself – I’d fall in love with every cat I saw – but it’s a good option for someone who can keep themselves in check.
- Help a military family. I know our local Veteran’s Agent would be a great resource for finding families to help. It could be something as simple as dropping off a home cooked meal, you never know what can make a big difference for someone.
- Donate money. Now, in some ways I feel like this is not the best way to serve others because you probably won’t have direct contact with anyone you are helping. However, it’s still a wonderful thing to do if you are in the position to do so. Doctors Without Borders is a great charity and they make it very easy to donate on a monthly basis.
- Knit for a charity. There are lots of programs that accept hand knitted items and, my friends, this is right in our wheel house!
- Identify a skill you have and find a volunteer opportunity to match. I mentioned knitting but there are also volunteer opportunities for people with computer skills, carpentry skills, and so much more. Do a quick google search and you’re in business.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get involved somewhere and do some volunteer work. If you still need more convincing, check out the statistics on this page.
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