DAY OF SERVICE AT ‘PROJECT JOY & HOPE’
Imagine the pain a family feels when they learn that their child has an illness or a life-threatening disease or a critical illness… Suddenly their world turns upside down and their lives are changed forever.
In that instant, the family directs their energy and resources to focus on their ‘medical-project child’. Many times, jobs are lost, bank accounts drained and families struggle both emotionally and physically.
This is where ‘Project Joy & Hope’ come in. Located in the greater Houston-Galveston area, ‘Project Joy & Hope’ exists to enhance the quality of life of children and families who live with life-limiting conditions.
The ‘Day of Service’ was an opportunity to identify with them and serve: contributing to give joy and build hope to the families they shelter in the community. Their mission aligns with the mission of REI Network which is to help as many as possible achieve financial freedom.
WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER FOR A ‘DAY OF SERVICE’?
One way to give back to the society is through community service or special days of service to the community. It is a great way to improve and help the community.
It is rewarding to give time, efforts, skills and resources to help people who need such services desperately—specially the less privileged.
Volunteering as a team has been a great way for us at REI Network, L.P. to get to know each other better, give back to the community, and do something truly enjoyable outside of the office.
WHY VOLUNTEER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AS A COMPANY?
Companies can organize ‘Day of Service’ projects that can help solve the many needs in the society.
Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, animals and even the environment all need some form of special attention.
Below are some benefits:
– Gives you an opportunity to stand with organizations that stand for what you believe
– Gives you a way to help others
– Helps improve the community
– Can help strengthen your company’s relationship with the community
– Can be a way to meet new friends
– It often results in personal growth
– Gives you a way to gain work experience and learn more about certain jobs
35 WAYS TO SERVE DURING THE HOLIDAY
Depending on the needs in the community and your interests, the list for service opportunity is endless.
However, below is a compilation of 35 ways if you are interested in working with children, schools, helping senior citizens, animals, environment, helping the hungry and homeless, reducing crime and promoting safety, and promoting community enhancement.
In order to use this list most effectively, read through it and make note of any community service ideas that match your interests and that you may want to participate in.
1- Donate or raise money for your local Red Cross
2- Send cards to soldiers serving overseas
3- Read books or letters to a person who is visually impaired
4- Organize a wheelchair basketball team
5- Organize a car wash and donate the profits to charity
Helping Children and School
6- Donate stuffed animals to children in hospitals
7- Organize events to help new students make friends
8- Volunteer to help with Vacation School or other religious camps
9- Sponsor a child living in a foreign country, either on your own or as part of a group
10- Organize a Special Olympics event for children and teenagers in schools
Helping Senior Citizens
11- Read to residents at a nursing home
12- Deliver groceries and meals to elderly neighbors
13- Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn
14- Perform a concert or play at a senior center
15- Ask residents of a retirement home to tell you about their lives
Helping Animals and the Environment
16- Take care of cats and dogs at an animal shelter
17- Clean up a local park
18- Foster animals that shelters don’t have space for
19- Test the water quality of a lake or river near you
20- Organize a carpool to reduce car emissions
Helping the Hungry and/or Homeless
21- Help organize and sort donations at a homeless shelter
22- Collect grocery coupons to give to a local food bank
23- Host a Thanksgiving dinner for people who may not be able to afford their own
24- Donate non-perishable food to a food bank
25- Make first aid kits for homeless shelters
Reducing Crime and Promoting Safety
26- Volunteer at a police station or firehouse
27- Organize a drug-free campaign
28- Teach a home-alone safety class for children
29- Volunteer as a crossing guard for an elementary school
30- Create a TV or radio public service announcement against drug and alcohol use
Promoting Community Enhancement
31- Paint park benches
32- Plant flowers in bare public areas
33- Campaign for more lighting along poorly lit streets
34- Petition your town leaders to build more drinking fountains and public restrooms
35- Volunteer to clean up trash at a community event
Now that you know what your options are, you can take the following steps to start getting involved…
Step #1: Look over your interests.
Which activities seem most appealing to you? Note the specific organizations to contact.
Step #2: Figure out how much time you can devote.
Would you be available as a team or as an individual? How many hours are you available? Are there additional logistics like transportation that should be considered? Knowing this information will help you choose which projects to pursue.
Step #3: Do some research to see what projects are available locally.
Try and focus on the immediate needs of the community or an organization.
Step #4: Start volunteering!
Volunteering opportunities range from small projects that you can complete on your own in a few hours, too much larger projects that will take more time and people. But don’t delay—get started! We promise you’ll have a blast.