Giving back to the community is rewarding in so many ways. You have the power to change other people’s lives; all it takes is a decision to commit to giving back. If you really want to see a difference in 2020 – especially in the lives of others – make it your new years resolution to give back.
Here are 5 ways to give back to get you started on your journey.
Find your passion
Not everyone has the same interests. While your partner may enjoy a game of golf, you might prefer to spend your free time taking a stroll on the beach.
Not only is this the perfect time to unwind, but you can give back at the same time. Consider joining a beach cleanups if you love the beach, spending time with the aged or volunteering at a soup kitchen if cooking is your thing.
Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness were first spurred by the 2000 movie Pay It Forward, which followed the launch of a goodwill movement by a 12-year-old boy. Similarly, you can perform small acts of kindness whenever you can.
Whether that’s lending a friend one of your favourite books, complimenting a stranger’s outfit, or keeping the elevator open for someone else, small acts make a big difference.
(For more ideas, read this: 80 Random Acts of Kindness to Make The World A Happier Place)
Buy from Businesses in the Community Making a Difference
Wherever you can, buy from local companies that are giving back. There are so many South African companies that are donating their profit to worthy causes, volunteering, and/or raising awareness of pressing issues in South Africa.
Here are a few local companies that give back:
- Dawn Patrol Wines donates a large portion of its profit to various environmental NPOs, e.g. Ocean Pledge.
- Jack Black’s Brewing Co raises funds for charities like the NSRI, Anti Animal Trafficking and Volunteer Wildlife Services.
- MTN regularly funds initiatives that use technology to enable access to education. They also implement and contribute to healthcare projects all across Africa.
- SAB‘s Better World initiative creates jobs and gives back to the environment while advocating sustainable agriculture.
- Woolworths‘s MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet loyalty programme raises over R7 million every month for schools and charities.
Hit the Share Button
Your everyday dose of social media can be the perfect opportunity to give back too. It’s as easy as following your favourite charities on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and then you simply share the good work they do and encourage others to do the same. And who knows? You might just inspire someone in your social media community to get involved.
Make a Commitment
Although once-off donations do make a difference, monthly contributions is a great way to give back. It’s not the amount that matters; it’s the commitment.
Pick your cause, whether it’s the SPCA or a local children’s home.
For me, it’s tithing at my church, Hillsong South Africa. Their vision reads, “Building a church to help build a nation”. And that’s what they do: Volunteers reach out to their local communities, right across South Africa, and together they’re all building up the nation.