It does not have to be a major disaster in order to help the community. With so much going on in the world, don’t feel helpless. There are so many ways that you can help. Some ideas to start with:
- VOLUNTEER TIME
There labor requirements for organizing donations and services. Jobs duties can include sorting donations, cleaning the streets, food delivery, answering phones, to loading and unloading supplies. Volunteer your professional expertise of counseling, medical evaluations, cosmetology, operation management, other skills needed. Visit Habitat for Humanity, SignUp website, and Charity Navigator for ideas.
- FINANCIAL DONATIONS
We live in the times where people are so busy with life. When you don’t have much time, donate your money. Want to know how the monetary donation will go back into the community? Contact the interested organization directly or visit Charity Navigator to see how the organizations are rated. Check with your local government sites for their programs available. Check the local chapters from organizations like Salvation Army, United Way, and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
- DONATE BLOOD
When there are disasters, blood banks are flooded with a higher demand but lower supply. Organizations like Red Cross can assist in the life giving of blood. Always go to a reputable source in your community.
- HOST A FUNDRAISER
This is a combination of financial donations and volunteered labor to make fundraisers successful. Start collecting money and/or supplies with close family and friends. With authority’s permission, leave a collection box at work, school, church, social organizations, and with neighbors. As a reminder, financial donation can easy be transfer to the target audience. Donating supplies is best when you can drop-off at a local chapter. Technology is used to start a fundraising campaign with websites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter.