On Wednesday 19 July 2017, Do Something Day (DSD) returns for a second time to spread community spirit across Australia. Organised by the not-for-profit organisation Do Something, DSD is a day to celebrate volunteering within our neighbourhoods and motivate more individuals to get involved. We've compiled a list of the simple ways you can show your appreciation and give back to your local area.
SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER
Want to make a change in your community? Signing up as a volunteer is one of the fastest and best ways to do so. Use websites like The Centre for Volunteering to check out volunteer opportunities near you - the wide range of positions ensures that you will find something to suit your time commitments and skills set. For those who love the surf and sea, local surf clubs are always on the lookout for volunteer lifesavers!
SPREAD THE WORD
Creating awareness is often overlooked but it's so important! Share a post on Nabo or chat over a cup of coffee about volunteering jobs available within the community and encourage friends and family to join in. It's difficult to recruit volunteers when members of the community are not aware of the issues or organisations that need their help. Signing up alongside others will also make volunteering feel less like a chore and more like a social outing.
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MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
If you don't have the time to undertake a volunteer job, consider making a financial contribution to one of your favourite charities. A lot of charity organisations are not-for-profit and therefore rely heavily on donations from the public, with these going directly towards their objectives (as well as running costs). And if you're also short on cash, why not donate blood at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service? Make sure you're eligible first and then book yourself in for an appointment.
HOST A FUNDRAISING EVENT
Raise money for your favourite charities by organising an community event. This can be something as simple as a sausage sizzle or as elaborate as a dinner in your town hall. Don't forget to draft a budget so that you're not spending more than you're getting and try contact a representative of your chosen charity for any extra info. Send word out to your neighbours and advertise around the town to get a good number of people down for a worthy cause.
Chat with your neighbours about everything from local issues to bin collection.
KEEP THE TOWN GREEN
Cleaning up around the neighbourhood means you can do your part for the community while also enjoying the sun and fresh air. Just grab a plastic bag and head to your local park where there's bound to be some litter ready for pickup. Take along the family and your friends to see what a difference you can all make to your surroundings with minimal effort. Treat yourself with a coffee afterwards... but make sure you put that cup in the bin!
DO A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS
Random acts of kindness are sweet treats for both the receiver and the giver. Offer to buy breakfast for the homeless man you pass by everyday on the way to work, mow your neighbour's lawn after your own or simply say thank you to someone whose actions you appreciate. Their surprise and delight at your act of kindness will brighten both your days - happiness breeds happiness after all.
What will you do this week to celebrate Do Something Day? Share it with your neighbours below!