It’s easy to brighten someone else’s day! Sometimes people fall on hard times, and writing a check isn’t the only way you can help them. If you want to make a difference and you’ve got a few hours to spare, try one of these options. We got them from Ladies Home Journal:
- Meals on Wheels. Sign up for an afternoon to deliver food to homebound seniors. If you’ve got your own car, you won’t need training. You can even bring your kids - so they’ll get used to the idea of volunteering.
- Go shopping. Call your local shelter or food pantry and find out what they need. Then head to the grocery store, stock up and deliver your donations.
- Turn a party into an occasion to give. One woman asked party guests to bring children’s videos for a shelter in her town. Other ideas include collecting books for school libraries, and toiletries for homeless shelters.
- Commune with nature. The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that helps preserve plants and animals all over the world. They’ve protected the “Walls of Jericho” - a unique formation of rivers and caves on the Tennessee/Alabama state border - as well as the Costa Rican rainforests. You can visit them online at TheNatureConservancy.com to find volunteer opportunities in your area. You might be clearing non-native vegetation or maintaining hiking trails.
- If you’re a woman, you can help by bonding with other women. Women Build is one of Habitat for Humanity’s programs and its crews are all women. You can get involved in helping build a home in your area. If you don’t have construction experience, don’t worry! They’ll train you. Visit Habitat for Humanity online for more information.
With just a little effort, you can really make a big difference in someone else’s life, and that’s a more meaningful New Year’s Resolution than fitting into your skinny jeans.