Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was held recently, and while the poignancy of the presidential inauguration outlined King’s dream for a more unified society, the day also served as a reminder to give back to the community in order to make the world a better place. If you felt inspired after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day but don’t know where or how to get started giving back, here are a few suggestions.
Habitat for Humanity: If you’ve got a weekend, use your time to help others in need of shelter by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. The organization, which was founded in 1976 by Millar and Linda Fuller, gives homes to those in need around the world. According to the organization’s site, the homes are built for no profit, and the money from fund-raising activities, no-interest loans from supporters and the homeowner’s house payments would be collected into a revolving fund called “The Fund for Humanity.” This fund will help build future homes. There are many volunteer opportunities in your hometown, including specified volunteer groups like youth programs, Women Build, Veterans Build and more. You can click here to more.
Big Brothers Big Sisters: Volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister will help a child in need of a positive role model find confidence, support and higher self-esteem. According to the organization’s site, Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to bring communities together by creating a network of Big Sisters, Big Brothers, accountable parents or guardians and other valuable members of the community. A study done by the organization stated that 83 percent of former Little Brothers and Sisters stated their Big Brother or Sister helped instill important life values and principles that have stuck with them throughout their lives. Click here to learn more about volunteering in your area.
Freerice: Don’t have time to physically volunteer? You can still give electronically! Freerice, an online educational quiz game created by the World Food Programme, allows users to test their knowledge about math, vocabulary, world languages, art, history and more while providing food for those in poverty. Your points are “grains,” representing the grains of rice that will go to a needy family. You can click here to learn more about the World Food Programme, and click here to begin playing Freerice.
The Red Cross: Giving monetarily to the Red Cross is another way to give back to the community if you are hard-pressed on time. The Red Cross, founded in 1882 by Clara Barton, has given aid to those domestically and internationally during times of crisis as well as care for veterans and their families and give critical health education and training. The Red Cross is also famous for providing blood to those in need of medical help. If you would like to give blood, click here to find your nearest facility.
How do you plan on giving back?