Make the World a Better Place, One Step at a Time
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When people come together for a good cause, it is a beautiful thing. So often we hear of news centered around violence, hatred, disease, and other unfortunate events that it seems like there is no good left in the world. Through these tough times though, you get a glimpse at just how good the world can be.
Lending a Helping Hand…All the Time
Life can be fun, complicated, an adventure, unfair, thrilling, exhausting. The list can go on and on and the adjectives you use are constantly changing based on what is happening at the moment. It is easy to take things for granted when things are good. And it is easy to be angry and upset when things don’t go as planned. No matter where you are in life, it is never the wrong time to help. Don’t wait until things are going good for you to lend a hand, and don’t wait until there is a catastrophe before you stand up for something you believe in. There are always people that need help or motivation to keep going.
Stand Up For Something
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” While we have heard this many times, it is sometimes easier said than done. With billions of people in the world, it is hard to imagine that your voice could be heard above all of the noise. First, ignore those voices in your head. You have just as much a right to voice your opinion. You have the strength to go out there and help make a positive difference in your community.
You Are Not Alone
Since there are billions of people in this world, it is highly likely that someone out there feels the way you do and wants to make a change for the better. No matter how big or small your effort is, the point is that you are out there doing something instead of sitting on the sidelines.
How Do You Start Volunteering?
No matter how big or small your efforts are, it helps. To start, what makes you happy, angry, or hopeful? How can you change those emotions into something actionable? If you have a love for animals, volunteer at an animal shelter and promote adoption. If you are upset about laws that your city, state, or country are implementing, join a peaceful protest or reach out to your representatives. If you are hopeful about treatment that can help prevent and fight disease, join a movement to help raise funds for research or to help pay for treatment for those who cannot afford it.
For those who live in the San Francisco area, the AIDS Walk is a great opportunity to help your community and meet others who want to make a difference. Thousands of people get together every year to raise funds for HIV programs in the area and walk around the city to raise awareness. BAART Programs has participated for many years and has a team open to whomever wants to join. There are also options for you to participate if you do not live in the area, such as making a donation to the cause. Click here to visit their page to learn more.
To find opportunities around your area, search online for groups that you can join or events where you can volunteer. VolunteerMatch is one of a few great resources to help you find the cause you want to support.
Whether it’s through actions including donating, volunteering, hosting events, all that matters is that you are making your community, and the world, a better place for everyone to live in. After all, we are all in this together.