We all appreciate the idea of giving back to our local community, but finding the time to commit to regular volunteerism is challenging, right? While you may not be able to commit to a set volunteer schedule, you can certainly find time for at least a few of the options opportunities to give.
- Pick flowers from your garden and drop them off at a nursing home or hospital. You can even find inexpensive vases at the dollar store.
- Spontaneously help someone—hold the door open for a mom with a stroller, help an elderly passerby navigate the curb, chat with the fussy toddler sitting next to you, or simply offer everyone you pass today a smile.
- Make mini-hygiene and protein-rich snack bags to hand out to the next homeless person you pass. Include items like: hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, meal replacement bars, dried fruit and nuts, feminine care products, lip balm, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.
- Call a friend who is a single parent and offer to babysit—even if the only thing they plan to do is stay home and do nothing!
- Do something kind for a neighbor in need: deliver produce from your garden, bake or cook, shovel their snow-filled walkway, mow their lawn, get their mail, or help carry their groceries in.
As you can see giving back doesn’t have to be time-consuming to be meaningful. As an added bonus, it’s true that you will receive more than you give!