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What Can You Do to Give Back?

Mandela Day Volunteering

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:

  • animals,
  • the elderly,
  • the disabled,
  • the homeless,
  • children,
  • the environment,
  • or is there a specific disease which has affected you or someone close to you?

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.



One comment on “What Can You Do to Give Back?

  1. Anne
    July 19, 2013

    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?

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