Making An Impact On The World
We live in a busy world where every minute counts. We rarely have time to enjoy the sunset we just passed, let alone to stop and help out the people we pass by. Yet, millions of people on this planet live in poverty and sickness with no means of getting out of their predicament unless those who do have something lend a hand.
In some cultures, a charity donation in Hong Kong is an ugly word because they see it as a weakness to receive charity. However, in many Asian cultures, giving and receiving from a stranger is part of the culture and it is seen as part of everyday life. Here are some ways in which you can contribute to making a better world with a few small steps that will not take up much of your time.
One thing you can do is to research a bit and approach an organization that can help you with a charity sponsorship. You will be helping out one child or person, usually with a monthly stipend and the organization keeps track of how the money is spent. This way there is strict accountability for the money you donate so that you don’t have to worry about it being misspent. It is also possible to see a bigger impact when you help an individual vs. a project (although projects require money too) because you can see for yourself how much or how little the contribution helps. Talk to your bank and have them schedule a payment so you don’t have to worry about it at all.
They aren’t technically tip jars but they might as well be that considering how most people simply walk past them; many stores carry tills and boxes that declare some sort of organization or cause and ask for a kind contribution from patrons. There are groups helping out cancer research, animal rescue, care for elders and a myriad of other issues. These groups don’t always hold big fundraising activities where rich folk shell out to bolster their ego and pride. Most of these groups have to depend on the kindness of the everyday man. So next time you see a till, please go place a coin or note in it. Anything will do.
The ideal way to give back is not with money but with time because time is fast becoming the most precious commodity. Many people find it easier to write a cheque than to volunteer their time. However, there are plenty of online groups that need your help with organizing documents, translations, making calls etc. that you can do from the comfort of your home if necessary. If you are strapped for time but do get the weekends off, ask around to see if there are things you can do that don’t require you to step out. Maybe you could make bookmarks, or cards for them to sell?