One of my New Years Resolutions was to sponsor a child. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I feel like I’m finally in a place where I could actually commit to it.
However, I understand that it’s not for everyone, so today I’m going to give you some ideas of ways you can help out in this New Year and give back to the world you live in.
- Sponsor a child. Obviously, this is where I’ll start because it’s what I would most like to do. Adopt-a-child is a very common way of doing this, but there are other organisations out there if you’re willing to look. This is a great option as you can write letters and really get to know the child you’re helping, it’s a very personal way of helping out and that’s a great motivation.
- Rehome a dog. Not only do you get to help out an animal that needs it, but you also get a dog! Could it be any better? In Northern Ireland, there’s a sanctuary called Assisi NI which rehomes dogs, cats and other animals. Have a google or look around your local area, if you’re on the mainland UK the Blue Cross is a good option – there’s always a furry friend in search of a home. If you don’t feel like you can take care of a pet yourself, there’s always the option to sponsor through organisations like Dogs Trust. Just do what you can do.
- Help a cause. There must be millions of medical charities out there that you can donate to. Find one that speaks to you, maybe it’s something you’ve suffered from, or an illness affecting a loved one. Personally, I always try to help out Cancer Research UK after the death of my grandparents, but they’re far from the only option. If you don’t want to donate, try to buy from their charity shop, volunteer or organise a sponsored event – it all depends whether you want to give money or time, but there are plenty of options for both!
- Donate to charities in 3rd World countries. Personally, I always try to donate to charities with a Christian ethos, primarily because they’re the one’s I have the most contact with. This summer, I’m actually going on a mission trip to a school in Tanzania with Kids4School, but if that isn’t possible for you, donating to these charities is a huge help. Some other great options are Tearfund or Fields of Life.
- Give time. If you’re a broke student (much like myself) giving time is a great way to help out. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it can be as simple as volunteering in a charity shop, doing a sponsored walk/run/fast/silence, organise a larger fundraiser, standing in the middle of a roundabout with a collection bucket, helping out a local animal shelter or tutoring children after school for free – there’s always somewhere you can help.
I hope you guys found this useful, I’d be really interested to know what charities you support or how you give back?
See you tomorrow!