Every year people make New Year’s resolutions to get fit, stop smoking, or stick to a budget. What about the resolutions that don’t make the news?
A New Year can also be a time for renewal. A chance to improve and grow. What about setting a resolution that focuses on being a better parent, friend, or member of your community? Growing relationships can help you focus on what is important, but also show other people that you’re there for them.
Are you asking yourself: “But what can I do? I’m just a small voice!”?
Communities everywhere need help picking up trash, renewing relationships, donating blood, reading to children at the local school, and even serving food at a local food bank. People need people.
Here are some ideas to serve others and, in turn, yourself in 2012:
1. Feeding America: Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. You can see where you can help in your community here. If you can’t afford to make a cash donation, providing your time is equally as important!
2. Girl Scouts: Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a woman to be a volunteer with this organization the helps girls learn and grow. Furthermore, you don’t have to make a year(s) long commitment either! They’re looking for all sorts of adults in various experiences to be healthy and informative role models for troop members. Find your local council here to see how you can serve girls in your community.
3. Raise money for clean water in Africa: Believe it or not, gathering together as a community to help our brothers and sisters across the ocean is a great community builder. And sisters Emma and Claire are working together to do just that. They are raising $10,000 to build a deep well in Malawi. This duo heard about need for clean water through the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. After hearing the call, they are choosing to answer the need. You can read more about what they’re doing here, and stay tuned for a post about their efforts!
4. Stop and Smile. Yup, I said it. Smiling. When you’re at work, volunteering at your local food bank, or checking out at your local grocer, stop and smile at the person you’re interacting with. We have all had moments with people really can turn our day around. Be the person that improves someone’s day by providing them with human interaction. Trust me, it makes a difference.
5. Have a volunteer outing with friends. Take your usual movie night with friends and move it to the library cleaning the books, or walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash. By getting out and giving back together, you can have fun and spend time with people you care about.
What are your resolutions for 2012?