10 Ways You Can Make A Difference In Your Community

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try”- John F. Kennedy

If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is coming together to make a difference in other people’s lives. Studies suggest that helping others leads to a greater sense of purpose and happiness.

Inspired to make a difference in your own way, but don’t know where to start? We share 10 simple ways you can do just that!

1. Volunteer

Expanding your energy and skills to support social causes such as feeding the homeless or helping out at an animal shelter or orphanage is a great starting point. Go online and research the social causes supported by various NGOs and other social enterprises of your interest. Check out the Make It Right Movement (MIRM) and find out how you can volunteer for social good.

2. Donate

Every little counts – donating food, clothes, essentials and even offering financial assistance helps lessen the burden of the underprivileged in our community. Visit GiveBack.my and learn more about how you can contribute to a social cause close to your heart. Apart from financial assistance, donating blood helps save lives. Be sure that you are healthy and free of diseases before deciding to donate blood.

3. Support small businesses

Invest in your community by supporting local businesses. By doing so, you are indirectly contributing to the growth of local entrepreneurs and workforce as well as boosting the nation’s economic growth. Do a quick search online and discover various local businesses you can support or simply try a recommendation from friends and family!

4. Reach out to your neighbour

Many of us know someone within our neighbourhood in need of a helping hand running errands such as groceries, etc. Whether it is a senior citizen who lives several doors away from you or a single parent in your community, you can offer a helping hand by doing their groceries, cleaning their garden or offering to babysit their young children.

5. Become a mentor

Join a mentoring programme and help someone who can benefit from your skills, knowledge and experience.

6. Help spread the word around (and even get your company involved!)

Know a charity, school or shelter in your area that needs support? Speak to your employer about how they can get involved as CSR is an important aspect of corporate branding. Otherwise, help to spread the word around for a noble cause by starting with your family and close group of friends.

7. Recycle

Start doing your part in recycling waste. Get your family and friends to go green! Find out if they are recycling, let them know the pick-up schedule in their area or the closest recycling centers or bins near them. Start a recycling programme at your office, school or place of worship.

8. Organise a clean-up in your neighbourhood

Communal areas of gathering in your neighbourhood are always in need of a helping hand when it comes to keeping such places clean and safe for everyone. Gather a few friends and family members, pack rubber gloves, brooms, shovels and you’re all set to go! Leading the way will also motivate others to follow in your footsteps.

9. Organise a charity drive

Do you have a cause that means a lot to you? Plan a fundraiser for the organisation which supports the social cause of your choice. If you want help but don’t know what to do, then reach out to the organisation for ideas to make the event a success.

10. Perform random acts of kindness

A random act of kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s day. You could buy a meal for a homeless person or offer to help a blind person cross the road. Even a smile goes a long way!