If you are one of the many people who are feeling cut off from the societal affairs of everyday life, getting involved in your local community can get you back in touch. This eventual goal can be accomplished through volunteering, showing up at local events, or supporting a local business. If you don’t have time to attend local events or volunteer, donating some of your resources to various charities in your neighborhood is an option. Doing these things for a while can provide you with opportunities and benefits you might not have had otherwise.
Make Professional Connections
Many successful professionals met important contacts that help them rise in their fields while they were at a local event. You never know who you might encounter while volunteering for a non-profit organization’s event, for example. There are often people with connections that can help you make the next professional move in life, and you can meet them if you keep your eyes and ears open. By being seen at a charitable event and being extra helpful, you could make a profoundly positive first impression on someone important.
A Sense of Purpose
When you help other people with their needs, it can give you a sense of inner warmth that you simply can’t get by helping yourself. Try donating personal goods you don’t need to people who are less fortunate. It is a convenient and cheap way to be of service to others, and this might come back to you one day when you need it. The kind of charity you provide is essential, however. Refrain from donating money. Instead, donate items like warm blankets, jackets or coats, school supplies, or just your time to local organizations that need them most.
These kinds of donations are more personal, and an opportunity for another beneficial human connection is very possible under these kinds of conditions. People remember this kind of kindness, and the word will get around if you stay on this track for long enough. If you like the way helping others makes you feel after trying it for a while, you might consider organizing your own charitable event. By then, you would have established the kinds of connections that can help you achieve this.
Originally published on normanshelleyhernick.org