January 27, 2023

By Terry Tateossian, co-founder of Social Fix MediaMIT blockchain and AI certified consultant, speaker and activist.

Volunteering your time, expertise and effort to make your community more vibrant is indeed a rewarding experience. It can give you a sense of purpose, strengthen your ties to your community, and provide you with a multitude of first-hand learning experiences that broaden your horizons. It also makes a difference in your community. Spending time at a children’s hospital, donating your products or services, or offering your expertise are some great ways to embrace your community, help those less fortunate or in need, and pass on your skills to others.

Volunteer at a children’s institution

Helping children in need is one of the noblest deeds you can do for a human being. It is a way to create hope and a safe place where a child does not feel abandoned in their pain, sorrow or personal tragedy. Volunteering at a local hospital, pediatric cancer clinic, residential care home, or school for children with special needs are some of the ways you can help children coping with illness, as well as those who are often overlooked.

For example, by volunteering at a children’s hospital, you can relieve the stress young patients feel during difficult times. You can find various opportunities to get involved, such as reading to children, playing during waiting times, escorting patients to appointments and helping to organize a clean and safe environment for children. Likewise, volunteering for a non-profit organization that supports children with special needs is an opportunity to make a real contribution. There are many non-profit organizations where you can volunteer your time. They work with children with disabilities, learning difficulties and special educational needs. Nonprofits also offer a variety of programs and ways volunteers can help, such as counseling, teaching through educational activities and games, and assisting with therapy sessions and rehabilitation to improve children’s quality of life.

Donate your products or services

Offering your products or services to people who need them most is another way to give back to your community. Depending on your business, you can donate makeup or hygiene products to a domestic violence shelter, food items to a soup kitchen, or craft kits and board games to a nursing home.

And in times of crisis, there will be more people who need help in ways you may not have thought of. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies have acted to support the public response in ways unique to their business. For example, Hilton offered free rooms to primary care professionals who work in difficult situations. Cisco donated desktop video conferencing equipment from their vacant offices to healthcare organizations to help them expand their telehealth capabilities. Publix Super Markets bought surplus milk from farmers and donated it to community food banks. As these examples show, when needed, you can think of ways you can provide support and take action in the public interest.

Lend your skills

As an entrepreneur, you have undoubtedly developed a number of specific competencies and skills that have helped you succeed and overcome difficult times. You can share those skills with others who are interested or in need of transforming their lives. Lending your skills to local businesses, community members or non-profit organizations is a way to support all those who can benefit from your expertise and knowledge. You can host local events or offer classes or training sessions to help others learn and grow. You can also partner with a youth group, school or college and offer internship or mentorship opportunities. Offering free training and education programs can be a great way to help others learn marketable skills they otherwise wouldn’t have.

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Your to-do list can seem endless as an entrepreneur. With all the tasks to complete and activities to complete within a certain timeline, volunteering may seem counterintuitive and an impossible time commitment. Still, donating resources or offering your skills or time can be an opportunity to improve your community, enrich your life with new experiences, and grow as a person. Spending time helping is an extremely beneficial and rewarding experience that helps transform lives and your perspective. And with the plethora of simple yet effective ways to contribute, there’s plenty of opportunity to put your skills to work and support the place you call home.

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