Give Back in 2016
This is the year you start spending more time out of your house, meeting new people, and giving something to your community. I just know it! Volunteering your time is one of the best ways to make your community a better place and definitely one of the best ways to meet awesome people.
In my time, I have met some incredibly energetic, outgoing, fun, happy people who legitimately love going out of their way to make experiences in their community just that much better. Whether they’re volunteering at the food bank, putting in a few extra hours at the school’s community garden, or manning the entrance gate at the local fair, these people are the ones who make our events better.
1. The Food Bank: find volunteer opportunities near you
2. Bird Studies Canada: join a volunteer bird survey
3. Habitat for Humanity: help support your community by making affordable housing available to those in need.
4. Welcoming Syrian Refugees: a very worthy cause with many different types of opportunities
5. Conservation groups: I don’t have one specific link for this but all of you will have a nearby conservation authority. Check out their website for volunteer opportunities.
6. Canadian Blood Services: donate blood, save a life (or three!)
When you’re planning your veggie garden in the next few months, think about growing a little more than you need. Take your extras to the food bank (they definitely do take fresh produce if you take it right to the local headquarters).
For some guidance, check out Plant a Row Grow a Row. You’ll find tips on growing veggies and a list of partnering communities. You can’t go wrong!
There are hundreds of ways you can give back to your community. Spend 2016 helping those around you. The benefits to you and your community are immeasurable.