I’ve volunteered several times for all different causes. Those were some of the best times of my life. I wish I could commit more time to creating good in my community, but being a mom of 5 little ones has me attached to the home. It’s hard to find time to help those in need, but it is necessary. When you give, you live a more full life. It always ends up coming back to you in different ways.
It’s especially important for me to set the example for my children. I want them to be thinking of others more than themselves. Their emotional well-being depends on it! So I’ve thought of some creative ways to give back without having to leave home.
5 Ways Moms Can Volunteer at Home
When I volunteer from home I make a point of including my children whenever possible or at least let them know what I’m doing.
1. Join Create the Good
Create the Good matches people who want to help their communities with non-profit organizations. Register on Create the Good’s website to receive updates on volunteer opportunities in your area. Help spread the word about the site and/or the volunteer opportunities. This is as simple as checking your email updates and telling your friends, family, or church members about what you get in them!
You could also take it one step further and help an organization or cause that you believe in make a video to submit to the Create the Good Dream Builder Video Contest. This might be as simple as telling the organization about the contest or helping them make and edit a video. It doesn’t have to be fancy! Pull out your phone and record yourself! But hurry, all videos need to be submitted by 2/7/2016.
The public will vote on which of 12 selected finalist videos inspires them most. The winning video will receive a $2,500 charity donation and three runner up videos will win a $500 donation to the non-profit cited in their video as the charity of their choice.
2. Social Media
It’s easy to get on Facebook throughout the day and you know you do it way to much already, right!? So why not help your favorite organizations out while you are there. Go to their Facebook page and like their posts, share their posts, help them attract attention to their page and their cause! You don’t know how much it means to them when you do this. It’s like free advertising. While your over there, make sure you like the Create the Good Facebook page.
You could take it one step further and ask if an organization needs help managing their social media accounts. That could be as simple as scheduling prewritten posts to their accounts, helping them get a newsletter started, or writing articles on their blog. I’ve helped with a couple of Facebook pages before and it was a lot of fun!
3. Make Art
Are you an artist? Are you a photographer? Maybe you are good at making those inspirational quotes into shareable pictures that people like to share on Instagram? You can donate these mediums to organizations so they don’t have to pay for them or waste time finding them on their own. They can sell art & photography for needed funds, they can use it in their offices or newsletters, blogs and social media. Help them communicate their mission in a beautiful way and all from home!
4. Meals & Goodies
There are organizations that bring and provide meals for people, and you might be able to help prepare some of those things at home. However, volunteers and people who work at those organizations need to eat too. When you support those involved in helping others, you just bolster the cause even more and give much needed encouragement. Try baking up some snacks and goodies and drop them off on your way to the grocery store. Don’t have time to make something and bring it to them? You can do it all from home! Just pick up the phone and order delivery pizza for lunch for them or buy one of those subscription snack boxes that are delivered every month!
5. The Power of Words
Yes! Your words are worth their weight in gold. Organizations need funds, sure, but there is something amazing about hearing how much their work is appreciated. Be a cheerleader for another volunteer or organization. This would work for people in need as well. Those who are suffering or lonely rarely hear words of encouragement. Be a positive voice through the negative situations people are dealing with. You can send a card, write a letter, shoot someone an email. Tell them that the world would be a sad sad place without them and their big hearts. Tell them how much hope they have filled your heart with. Tell them that they are important and needed and not alone.
How about you? What are you doing from home for others? I would love to hear how you create the good!