5 Affordable Ways to Help Your Community
There are so many easy and affordable ways to help other people. You can help a friend or acquaintance who is hurting by bringing a meal or helping to clean their house. You can also support a charity by volunteering or giving money; there are many good reasons to donate your time including the fact that doing so will make you happier. In addition to volunteering or giving directly to a charity though, you can also help your local community in other affordable, creative ways. If you care about a specific cause, you can take part in a benefit run or run a bake sale. Even picking up trash when you see it will help to make your community a cleaner and more welcoming place. Making a different locally can be easy if you want it to be; here’s how.
1. Pay it forward
Although not everyone will participate, pay it forward is one of the easiest, and often one of the most successful, ways to impact your community. There is actually a Pay it Forward website, which posts easy pay it forward ideas each day. The basic idea is that you do something nice for someone else with no strings attached, and hopefully they will do something nice for someone else — paying it forward.
You don’t need to use the website to come up with something yourself though. Many people start a pay it forward movement themselves. You can pay for the food of someone behind you in line, for example. If you want to give them a note asking them to pay it forward, you can, but simply doing something nice and unexpected for someone will often encourage them to do the same for someone else. Just knowing that a stranger did something caring without expecting to get something back can make a huge difference, and if enough people participate, this movement has the opportunity to affect a lot of people positively.