Recently, I've been bitten by the volunteer bug. Last Friday, I donated five dollars to charitywater.org, an organization that allows people who live in developing countries to have access to clean drinking water. (Click here if you would also like to donate). This Wednesday, I will be making quilts with Quilting for Others - an organization that makes and donates quilts to underprivileged children. Next Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I volunteered to help serve breakfast to homeless people in Hollywood. How are you helping people in need???
Volunteering seems like a selfless act, but in volunteering you also receive something in return -- the gratification of knowing you made a difference in someone's life. Want to help, but don't know where to start??? Use google to find nonprofits that serve your community or, if you live near Los Angeles, visit Big Sunday to find ways to volunteer.
Even more ideas on helping others: become a Big Brother/Big Sister; walk dogs at a local animal shelter; visit seniors at a nursing home/care center; read to children at a local school or library; write letters/send care packages to our troops; donate canned foods to a food bank; give blood; volunteer at a local church; donate time or money to a cause you feel passionate about.
Spend one or two less hours in front of the television/computer and invest time in the lives of others. :)