I didn’t realise how many ways there are to volunteer. And you can do them even if you have no money, no time or just think volunteering isn’t for you. Here’s my week:
Have no money?
First thing Monday, I emailed my CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) team about volunteer opportunities thinking that there was no way that I’ll hear back from them this week. There are 55,000 employees in my company. Wrong. Already, I’ve been briefed on all the possibilities and signed up to the local primary school numbers programme – 6+7 anyone?
And how about the environment? Walking instead of catching the bus in the freezing temperatures never really sounds like a good idea, except of course if you have new wool boots – now I’ll walk anywhere. I also ordered some new recycling bags for our house. Planet happy.
I’m one of those people that love a good app. I have to say that was a bit sceptical about the Orange App – DoSomeGood. While I was waiting for my soup to heat up, I did a survey for the Samaritans. Three minutes later I’d done some good and my lunch was ready.
Have no time?
On the way to and from the tube there are always buskers and people fundraising. I do the usual London thing and make a bee-line around them to get to whatever I’m late for. This week it was nice to actually slow down and pop something in their fundraising bucket or empty guitar case. The Big Issue Man also was pleased to get one extra customer.
Volunteering isn’t for you?
There are a lot of things that you can do that are actually fun. Like going through your wardrobe (and your friend’s and boyfriend’s) and giving your ‘old’ clothes to the local charity shop or putting them into the charity bins that are pretty much everywhere. Check out Lanny’s post ‘Happy Wardrobes’.
And if you like to shop (who doesn’t) then charity shops aren’t a bad place to pick up some cool pieces (need to fill those spare hangers now).
So after all this, there’s no need to do anything crazy like sign up to a half marathon charity place or give up alcohol for the Feb Fast. Too late now for some.