Hey guys!!! If you're in high school/college, this is the article for you. I know I would love to be doing more to help others, but unfortunately I'm always busy, and since lifeguarding part-time over the summer didn't exactly provide me with an excess of money to donate, in the free time that I do have, I want to be making money for the basic things that I need.
That probably sounds selfish, but let's be honest, it's true. I know that it would be great to donate my time and money to people less privileged than I, and I could definitely make more of an effort to do so. But I think sometimes we're led to believe that the only ways we can help others are to donate time and money. But the thing is, there are so many other options out there!!
Helping people can come in small doses-- a compliment in the hall, a smile, a hug, helping someone with homework, literally anything!!! Yeah, it may not have the kind of huge impact that people make on mission trips or with large donations, but it's something. We shouldn't ignore the power a small act of kindness can have on one's life. Something as small as a compliment can really turn someone's whole day around.
You can also use your talents to your advantage. I write because I want to help others. I also work a little bit at a sports clinic and summer camp for kids who have autism. I love working with and hanging out with the kids, and in turn I can help them have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to successfully play the sports they want to play. Use your gifts to help others. Whatever it may be, you can find a way to help people through what you're good at it. Whether it's your singing inspires people or your love for soccer drives you to help kids learn how to play, you can make a difference.
Find a cause you'd love to support. Like I said, I love hanging out with the kids at sports camp, so it doesn't ever feel like I'm giving up my time to work with them. Look at things you love to do, and find ways to incorporate them into helping people. Teach your little brother to play guitar as well as you do. Tutor your best friend when she's struggling in math. There are so many ways to help that don't involve giving up time or money, but even if you do end up spending a little time on writing, tutoring, or working, as long as you love it it won't feel that way.
I'm not trying to undermine the power of donation of time and money, because it rocks when people do that. I just want to offer some other ways you can make a difference without breaking the bank or adding yet another thing to your already too-busy schedule. I hope this helps you know that you can all make a difference no matter where you stand financially or time-wise!!
Thanks so much for reading!! See ya later! <3