What am I doing to help those less fortunate? What am I doing to help those facing insurmountable challenges? What am I doing to help those dealing with mental disorders such as loneliness, depression, psychosis, and addiction. What am I doing to help the hungry and homeless? What am I doing to make this world a better place for all?
These are all questions that I have recently began to really dig deep and ask myself. Sometimes it seems my focus is on myself and my personal gain. I have to keep bringing myself back into the awareness that when we elevate others, we elevate ourselves. When we help others, we are helping ourselves. When we give to others, we are giving to ourselves.
Volunteering your time and energy is one of the best ways to ensure a better world for all.
SIX WAYS VOLUNTEERING BENEFITS THE VOLUNTEER:
- Provides a sense of Purpose
- Fights Depression
- Leads to Greater Happiness
- Increases Self Confidence
- Builds Quality Relationships
- Boost your over-all sense of wellbeing
There are many volunteer opportunities to serve the underserved. Volunteering doesn’t mean serving breakfast at church on Sunday morning or cleaning the church once a week. It doesn’t mean volunteering to help with a baby shower or wedding shower for someone in the church. It means going beyond the walls of the church to reach those at their point of need. Once again, it is easy to focus on one’s personal family and church family and forget that there are a lot of hurting people out there. What am I doing to make their life better?
It is easy to get in my own little world. I sometimes forget that we are ALL one. I am the homeless man on the street. I am the person dealing with mental illness and addiction. I am the hungry and less fortunate. I am them. Let me serve them. Let me help them.
You can do a google search of volunteer opportunities in your home city and you will find many. To make it easier, I have given you just a few here with some links to click on and learn more.
- Addiction hotlines drughelpline.org/drug-addiction-hotline/
- Suicide hotlines https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Homeless Shelters
- Food Provision Services such as Meals on Wheels https://mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch
- Nursing Homes (Adopt a Grandparent)
- Battered Women Shelters
- Gay Youth Organizations
- After-school Tutoring programs for kids
- Big Brother Big Sister Program https://www.bbbs.org/become-a-big
- Hospice Organizations www.NHPCO.ORG
I believe a huge part of our purpose on this Earth is to serve.
Choose a volunteer opportunity that resonates with you and watch the quality of your life improve dramatically. It is only when we give that we truly receive. Give of yourself. In doing so, you create a better self. A more compassionate self. A more loving self. A kinder self.
Together let’s make this a more giving, loving world despite all the drama and hate that surrounds us right now.
I would love to hear which opportunity you chose to make someone’s life a little better. In doing so, you’ve just made yours better. Respond and let me hear from you. Your stories will encourage us all.
Be Blessed and Give Back,
Vince is a Critical Care Registered Nurse, Published Writer, and Columnist living and loving in Atlanta, Georgia. Enter your email address to receive his weekly Educational, Inspirational, and Motivational 5-minute reads straight to your inbox. You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Your support and feedback are deeply appreciated.