There are so many troubling things going on in the world and a lot of us feel helpless as to what we can do to make a difference. A lot of people end up doing nothing because causes seem insurmountable at times that we don’t believe our smallest contribution will do any good.
But that’s 100% not true. There are so many ways we can become involved in our communities and offer our assistance. Even the smallest of offerings help in ways you may not even realize, and can bring happiness and joy to people, animals, the environment and many other causes.
Here are some tips from Habitat LA on how you can do your part, no matter how big or small:
1. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!
There are numerous charities that need your help from cleaning parks and water fronts to helping paint and build homes. Grab a paint brush and start getting dirty!
2. SHARE YOUR TIME
So many organizations are in need for your time. Habitat LA uses volunteering and education to put families on a new path — one where stability and self-reliance are actually obtainable, not merely aspirational. Pick a weekend and give what you can, it will make you feel so good!
3. SMILE! IT REALLY CAN MAKE SOMEONES DAY!
Smiling helps boost your mood, increase happiness and lowers stress. Smile at someone, it can be life changing.
4. BECOME A MENTOR
Volunteer at a nonprofit organization where they provide free programs (arts and crafts, tutoring, mentoring, and more) to children living with different life challenges and their families. Join a program that helps brighten up kids’ lives each day. After school care, YMCA, Big Brother / Big Sister. Changing a child’s life can be the most rewarding thing you will ever do!
You can donate things like furniture and appliances; Habitat LA also sells these items to raise funds to help build homes. Whether its a monetary donation or your old belongings, any action you show pays forward to those who don’t have much and could use. All that goes a long way and benefit those in need.
Habitat LA has a clear vision. People in our communities and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.
Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
Recently, the LA Sparks players spent time volunteering on a Habitat LA build during the WNBA’s Olympic break, building homes with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.
For more information on how to volunteer and on Habitat LA, please visit: www.habitatla.org/