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15 Ways to Give Back Locally

Updated on November 14, 2017
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Lanecia is a writer and blogger who enjoys inspiring others through self-help articles.

Whether you are looking to make new friends or provide support for your community, there are many ways to give back. Many choose to give back for a number of different reasons, but whatever your reasons may be, realize that you are making a difference.

By giving back you are essentially making the world a better place by offering your time and skills.

Well, if you aspire to make an impact in this way, you should seriously consider ways to give back.

Here are 20 ways you can do just that.

1. Volunteer

In your community, there are a lot of ways to volunteer your time. You can go about volunteering in many different ways.

You don't have to be a part of an organization, just be sure that you have the passion to do it alone.

Volunteering is never paid but can turn into great opportunities in the future.

Go online to search for volunteer opportunities in your area or join an online volunteer database, where opportunities will be found according to your preferences.

2. Go Visit the Elderly

If we are lucky enough, we all will become elderly one day.

Speaking from experience, there are thousands of people currently residing in elderly facilities who will really appreciate your company.

There are hundreds of facilities where you can visit the elderly. You can show someone a new skill you learned or take them on a walk outside for fresh air.

If you decide you like volunteering, you can also become a sitter where you will be employed to provide support and comfort to your chosen clients.

3. Build a Little Library

Building a little library for your community is beneficial in many ways. A little library provides books for children all around the country.

Children will have the opportunity to borrow books that they otherwise could not have access to.

It allows them to give and take, which helps to build an awareness for childhood literacy.

To start a little library of your own click here.

4. Become a Mentor

If you can offer guidance in any area of expertise, why not share it with someone who is interested in the same field?

When most people think about being a mentor, high school or college may come to mind. There are many ways that you can mentor someone, and they do not necessarily have to be in high school or college.

There are many ways that you can mentor someone, and they do not necessarily have to be in high school or college.

If you have enough knowledge about a specific subject, you can offer to become a mentor to someone who is interested. To find mentorship opportunities create a Linkedin account or search the web for opportunities near you.

To find mentorship opportunities create a Linkedin account where mentees are searching for mentors or search the web for opportunities near you.

5. Contact Family and Friends

Family and friends are people that we often communicate with on a daily basis. Offering your help will help to build better relationships and build trust.

Parents especially may need your help since they often deal with a lot on a daily basis.

Start by asking what they need help with around the house, at work, or life in general. You'll be surprised by how many respond to your kind gesture.

6. Host a Party

Show appreciation for your friends and family by throwing a party of some sort.

They will enjoy your hospitality and will have a chance to interact with one another in a fun setting.

It doesn't have to be expensive or fancy. Grab a few chairs, few snacks, and fun game ideas and you have a night of fun for everyone.

7. Write a Book

If you have a life experience that can make an impact on the world, why not write about it?

Writing a book allows you to give back because you are writing to an audience who may become inspired by your book.

In many ways, you can gain appreciation from your readers and may be able to make a decent income in the process.

There are millions of readers out there, so there is always an opportunity to get discovered and inspire.

8. Read to Children

Contact your local library or community centers to see if they offer any volunteer opportunities where you can read to children.

Child literacy is one of the main components of the library system and your community as well.

For life-long success, children need to be encouraged to read on various levels. By reading to children, you are educating them an opening up their minds to a world they can only imagine.

You will also be helping them to boost their vocabulary skills and understand the meaning of words.

By reading to children, you are educating them an opening up their minds to a world they can only imagine.


9. Tutor Students

There are many ways to start a tutoring job.

Ask around in your community to see if there are any schools who are in need of tutors.

Find out what subjects you are knowledgeable about and use that as your guide in picking your preferences.

By providing your tutoring skills, you will be helping many students succeed. You may also have a chance at gaining employment or being rewarded for your time.

Ask around in your community to see if there are any schools who are in need of tutors.

Find out what subjects you are knowledgeable about and use that as your guide in picking your preferences.

By providing your tutoring skills, you will be helping many students succeed. You may also have a chance at gaining employment or being rewarded for your time.

10. Speak at local events

Speaking at a local event is a great way to inspire people who you may have a lot in common with.

Whether you would like to speak for entertainment or build a following, there are many ways to volunteer your time.

You'll gain valuable experience and knowledge on how to be a great speaker.

You'll get to meet people who admire you and may even want you to come back again.

So, if you are knowledgeable in a subject and can speak about it, volunteer your time to help others who may need guidance in that area.

11. Teach a Skill

Have you learned a skill that you have put to good use? We live in a time where skills are essential for success in many areas.

In order to become a professional, skills are needed to guide people and create a way for success.

Contact your local community center to see where your knowledge can be put to good use.

You don't have to stick to one crowd, just be sure that the crowd you are serving can use the skills you offer.



12. Offer a tour of the city

There are always tourists in the area looking for ways to have a good time in the city.

If you are knowledgeable about your city and want to provide a way for people to enjoy it, offering a tour is a great way to help people navigate the city.

You'll be meeting new people and also providing a way for people to interact and meet new people as well.


13. Feed the hungry

Have you ever went days without enough food, or was forced to starve due to insufficient income?

Well, there are thousands of people in the world whose reality means that they will starve on a daily basis.

Consider this thought and volunteer to feed the hungry. You can volunteer at a church, community center, food pantry, and a lot more.

Figure out ways you can help out in your local community by contacting local organizations that help feed the hungry.

14. Donate

Do you have a pile of old clothes that no longer fit anymore? Perhaps, you may want to get rid of the mess sitting in your basement.

Consider donating items around the house that are no longer of use to you, which can be of great use for someone else.

There are so many ways to donate your used items. Try hosting a giveaway in your neighborhood for items that you would like to donate.

Also, consider visiting local charities to see how your items can be put to good use by others less fortunate.

15. Raise money for a cause

Many organizations try to raise awareness for a number of different diseases by hosting marathons and events to educate and gain support.

You may have had a relative become affected by a disease, or you may have encountered people who may have been sickened by an illness.

Even if you haven't, it is still important to support and raise awareness about diseases that can potentially be life threatening for many of us, including yourself.

The more support there is to help raise awareness, the better chance that there will be a cure in the future.

© 2017 Lanecia Smith

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