You don't have to travel far to feed the hungry or take in the stranger. There are lots of ways to make a difference in your own community.
Consider what you like to do, and what volunteer opportunities you’ve enjoyed in the past and prayerfully ponder how you can make a difference. Then:
- Find a need.
- Research local organizations.
- Make a plan.
- Share your experiences.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Reflect on past experiences that you enjoyed. - Reach out to someone new. - Find local service opportunities at JustServe.org or 211.org. - Ask a friend about his or her volunteer efforts. - Attend local town meetings or city council meetings. - Consider donating to a trusted organization such as LDS Philanthropies. - Get more ideas by visiting IWasAStranger.churchofjesuschrist.org.
What causes would I enjoy being involved with? What needs are there in my community? Are there any existing organizations that meet those needs? How do these organizations help people? Do they facilitate self-reliance among recipients? Do they provide long-term solutions? Is the organization sustainable? What volunteer opportunities are available?
Share Your Experience
Tell friends and family what you learned. Document your experience by taking pictures. Write about your experience in your journal or blog,. Post on social media and tag @JustServe or #JustServe. Consider becoming an advocate for those around you by sharing helpful media.Follow us on Facebook