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Yesterday the Paddocks Team made over 100 sandwiches to donate to St Annes Shelter in Woodstock. Mandela Day was a great reason for us to do something to ‘give back’ to people less fortunate than we are.
I’ve been thinking about what I can do for a while now to ‘give back’ on a more regular basis. This is an area of my life where I need to make more of an effort. But what should I do? I’ve chatted to various people and here is some of the advice I’ve received:
1. Brainstorm the causes you are passionate about – do you want to help:
Once you’ve narrowed this down you can research specific charities or organisations that need volunteers or donations and decide which one you’d like to give your time and/or money to.
2. What skills do you have that those less fortunate could benefit from?
For me, I have legal skills. When chatting to a friend of mine about how I could give back she said I’d be crazy not to donate my legal skills somewhere. Almost anyone can walk dogs at an animal shelter or help build a house, but only trained lawyers can properly assist people with legal problems.
I think this advice is GOLD.
If you’re lucky enough to have valuable skills – use them in your giving back. If you’re a doctor, you could volunteer at a free clinic. If you’re a psychologist, you could counsel abused women. If you’re a marketing genius, you could help a charity increase its exposure. If you’re an accountant, you could help a charity with its bookkeeping.
How do you decide where to give back? Tell us in the comments below.
I’ve had a long and varied career. Amongst my strengths are administration skills, personnel and training experience, communication skills, knowledge of safety and security; chairmanship and minute-taking What better way to use this package of hits and pieces than to serve as a Trustee (and sometime Chairman) in my retirement village?