Charity and charitable organisations play more of a role in some people’s lives than others. This often isn’t due to an issue of morality, and many people support organisations and causes that they don’t donate to, but it has a lot to do with their own personal situation in life and whether or not that donation is realistic given their position. However, while donating might be one of the main ways in which people think of these organisations, that often isn’t the only way in which charity can play a role in your life.
A lot of this depends on the kind of charity that you find yourself interested in and how you want to get involved. For while you might think of charity as being something to which you give, you might not think of what it can provide you.
A More Active Approach
Many charities, especially those focused on the conservation of green spaces, encourage you to get involved as opposed to a straightforward donation. This might be something that suits you better if you find that donations aren’t something that make sense within your financial situation, but the idea of getting involved with a cause might provide you with an opportunity to get exercise or a social aspect integrated into your life. In fact, it’s the combination of these two elements that draw many people to this kind of charity work, especially if they find that they struggle to find the chance for either of these things in other circumstances. If you feel as though you’re lacking the right amount of exercise or socialising, you might consider this as an option, as the benefits could do more for your health than you expect them to – both physically and mentally.
If this approach interests you, it’s worth looking into local charities that offer this kind of work and opportunities that give you the chance to get involved. While you might not be donating in the traditional sense, it’s still worth doing ample research into potential candidates in order to see if their values align with your own – or if they’re doing work in your local area that you feel will be of some benefit. Alternatively, simply scouring the total list of these kinds of charities could help you begin to narrow them down by location or core beliefs.
Aligning Your Beliefs
It might be less about thinking about what the charity can do for your lifestyle, however, and the issues of how well the beliefs of the organisation align with your own might take centre stage. In this instance, it might be about taking the time to evaluate what’s really important to you. For different people, the subjects that are closest to their hearts will vary. With the previous example, those who want to get involved might feel strongly about the preservation of green spaces, either for the sake of local inhabitants or for the betterment of the wildlife in that area, but not everyone will feel so environmentally inclined. With the internet and constant online discussion about all of the issues going on in the world today, there’s good reason to want to get involved with many of them, and it’s natural that your preferences might lie elsewhere.
Your charitable leanings might be much more political in nature, for example. Covering something using the term ‘political’ doesn’t do much to narrow it down, as any number of things could be considered so, even something such as conservation. However, if you do feel much more involved with issues that are regularly brought up in the news regarding the general direction of politics, consider the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Many of the issues that are closest to the core of this non-profit organisation have to do with foreign policy and national security, which are issues that can often be diluted among others, and there is any number of different ways that people can feel within these issues. With that in mind, as with any other charitable cause, it’s worth investigating how closely the beliefs of this particular option align with your own – and in the case that they do so strongly, you might feel encouraged to look into other ways that you can get involved.
The Local Level
Many charities present you with causes that you might be familiar with in some way due to their prevalence within the news and popular discussion. They often find their way into these conversations due to their modern prevalence and importance, but that does often mean that smaller issues might go forgotten. In fact, you might prefer to dial back the scale to simply focusing on your local community and doing what you can to resolve issues of this variety that can improve the area in which you live for those around you. These issues might be about improving certain spaces for one reason or another or raising money to make a change that is necessary, but the implementation of these ideas and improvements could be something that furthers the feeling of community where you live – bringing people together and having them feel proud of the place in which they live.
Now, while this could be something that you and other people around where you live could begin to go about yourselves without a charity involved, there might also be causes that are much smaller than those you often hear about and those that are near to you could be the ones that you choose to spend your time with. Of course, some charities that have gone on to be more widespread still aim to help local communities where they are based, but it’s about finding a cause that you can relate to and appreciate.
Getting involved with a charity can benefit you by allowing you a form of exercise in your life, as well as a chance to socialise with people who you might not normally spend time with – broadening your perspective and making you feel as though you’re giving something back. Alternatively, seeking out a cause with which you can help that follows your own beliefs can help you to feel as though you’re doing something to make a positive change in the world.