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Spotlight the Seniors

Often not at the center of attention, seniors in our neighborhoods and communities frequently rely on the selflessness of others to remain healthy and happy as well as perform daily tasks, such as grocery shopping and laundry. Keep those people in mind–the elderly window who lives down the street, or perhaps your grandmothers neighborhood whose family lives across the country–when thinking of ways to be charitable. Shovel their driveways or rake their front yards without being asked to, offer to perform some handy work free of charge, pick up extra groceries for them, the list can go on and on. But most importantly, spend quality time with them. Simply bringing joy through human interaction has the potential to make all the difference for one person.

Help Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

Animals without homes and families who consider them one of their own have to rely on the kindness of others to uphold a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and healthy socialization. Local shelters and control centers are a perfect place to lend a hand, and here are just a few ways you can bring joy to a furry friends life:photo-1444212477490-ca407925329e

  • Take dogs for walks
  • Play with cats and kittens
  • Serve as a foster parent for animals in need
  • Donate food and toys

Do Good from Home

And I don’t mean cleaning you bedroom to bring a smile to your mothers face (although it definitely won’t hurt!). Sometimes getting out of the house or off of work can be a hassle, however, there are a plethora of ways to help those in need from the comfort of your own home (or office desk). From cooking healthy, flavorful meals for neighbors-in-need to donating money online to your favorite organizations and causes, there are so many ways to be selfless at home.

Clip coupons and give them to local charities. Organize a volunteer group and delegate tasks from home. Volunteer to work for helplines. The possibilities are endless.

H. Jackson Brown Jr. once said:

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

While I encourage you to celebrate National Volunteer Week with your friends, family, classmates, coworkers, and strangers, I challenge you to live every week as if it was National Volunteer Week.