Do you struggle with balancing the desire to help with the reality that there’s just never enough time in the day? All of us wrestle with this dilemma at one time or another. They say you can always make the time to volunteer or give back, but finding opportunities that fit into your life can be enough of a barrier to stop many of us in our tracks.
So today I’ve rounded up 5 totally manageable ways to pitch in that any of us can fit into our lives:
When I was on maternity leave, I had the itch to create. It was the first time in my life I had a ‘break’, and I was fortunate that my daughter was a pretty happy easy baby. I don’t recall how I stumbled across VolunteerMatch.org, but I went a little crazy once I discovered I had skills that could help many noble organizations, and could do from home at my leisure. After designing logos for school programs and running paid search marketing campaigns for international non-profits, I was hooked! It was a total win-win. I got to feel good about helping others, they really appreciated my work, and I was able to take advantage of opportunities to expand my skillset.
Check it out – I’m sure there’s an organization somewhere looking for just the kind of help you can give.
Catch a Fire is specifically focused on matching individuals with specific skill-sets to non-profits in need of those services. After poking around for a few minutes, I found myself submitting applications for a number of marketing and branding projects that I am now knee-deep in executing. Be fore-warned – the non-profits WILL appreciate your interest and take action if you’re a good match 🙂
3. Do Something
With a focus on promoting Social Change, Do Something curates campaigns and initiatives and makes it easy for you to figure out how to get involved. You can search by cause, how much time you have to give, and what kind of help you want to offer. I did a quick search on ways I can help with a commitment of an hour or less and found great options like “Make a Welcome Home Banner for a Veteran” and “Help a Student Create a Vision Board”. Might have to add them to my to-do list! It’s also just a great resource for ideas and inspiration of ways to start if you want to do good in your community and have no idea where to begin. Happy Do-Gooding!
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