Great ways you can give back to your community
One of the most profound and deeply rewarding gestures you can do for others is that of giving back to your immediate community. It not only displays your sense of otherness but helps inculcate in your friends and family members your commitment to compassion and leading by example, says regular community volunteer Dr. Kami Hoss.
What often prevents people from committing to volunteer work is a feeling of not knowing where to start. It can be quite overwhelming, for sure; many people out there can use your help. But this perceived lack of direction shouldn’t shoo you away from the endeavor. You don’t need to develop a complex strategy, just a good understanding of how to start.
Note that it’s not the act itself but the sense of good deed behind it that affects the lives of people. You make the impression that you truly care about them even if you don’t necessarily give money to charity. Often more than offering financial help is giving your time to be with them and volunteering. Your physical presence does much in creating lasting impacts, says Dr. Kami Hoss.
One way you can take that first step is to engage in mentorship. This could be anything from helping students with homework, assisting neighbors with their applications for college or for jobs, or sharing your expertise to members of the community. Offering your services as a coach or mentor makes a huge difference in people’s lives while helping you broaden your network and gain new friends, according to Dr. Kami Hoss.
You can also begin giving back by working with local schools. It’s as easy as picking up that phone and contacting school officials to inquire about how you can help improve the level of education in your community. It need not be educational in nature, too; you can assist in organizing, say, a school-based charity event, help oversee a field trip, or be part of a tree-planting activity. Teachers would gladly accept and appreciate your help, whether in the classroom as a guest speaker or in various extracurricular activities students are engaged in, adds Dr. Kami Hoss.
Volunteering in various community projects is likewise a concrete manifestation of your commitment to giving back. For example, you can help in various care centers for kids and the elderly, offer to repaint the public playground or participate or initiate a street-cleaning drive. You could likewise offer your specific set of skills, from handyman work for household needs to helping edit a community newsletter and developing a social media page for the neighborhood.
Lastly, if you are looking for other ways to go about the endeavor, you will find many helpful sites online that outline different ways you can give back, or volunteer work that’s most needed, says Dr. Kami Hoss. The idea is to find a local volunteer group that you can join, as existing members and seasoned volunteers would know the most pressing concerns of your community.
Dr. Kami Hoss holds a masters’s degree in craniofacial biology, and a doctorate in dental surgery and a post-doctorate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Co-founder of The Super Dentists, he is also a sought-after author, consultant, inventor and speaker in the fields of dentistry and business. Go to this page for more posts on the charity and giving back.