While it is important to appreciate and be thankful for what we have, it is also important to give back in some way. There are many organizations that quietly serve the community and its citizens in need 365 days a year, not just in times of crisis, national or natural disasters. It isn’t just about donating money. Sometimes our time or our talents are what can really make a difference.
There are organizations that are well known like Habitat for Humanity, or the United Way that serve domestically and abroad. There are also plenty of lesser known organizations that do for others, and can always use a hand or a donation. If you prefer to give or serve closer to home, Lend a Hand – Tri Valley, located in Livermore, is a great resource for finding local opportunities for service. They have it broken down so that you can search things like the focus of the organization, or the type of tasks available. There is a complete list of organizations in the Tri Valley, anything from art councils, to animal shelters, to children’s programs. Even if you have limited hours or certain days that are available, they can find something that works with your schedule. Another place to look is HandsOnBayArea.org. They have a calendar of events to help plan your service.
Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time. ~James Durst
The American Red Cross is one way to give, whether it is during a time of crisis, or to donate blood. Blood is needed for victims of accidents, or sometimes those undergoing cancer treatments. And of course during times of crisis like natural disasters, lending a hand is always needed and appreciated.
If you love animals, volunteering time or money to an animal shelter or local humane society is a win-win for the volunteer and the animals. Whether it’s walking the dogs, or donating a bag or two of food, it’s a way to help that is sure to give you a warm fuzzy feeling.
“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized, I am somebody. “~Author Unknown
Even a local library has need for volunteers or donations. Activities like tutoring for an adult literacy program, reading aloud to the kids, or helping organize books for shelving, are all wonderful ways to give back to the community. Are there local museums that you are interested in? Ask if you can volunteer there. Occasionally there is need and training for museum docents, or coordinating displays.
Local Hospitals have many volunteer opportunities as well. Hospitals can be a scary place when you are sick or injured. Giving a bit of your time can bring comfort and hope to others during a difficult time. Visiting residents of a long term facility can also make a difference – to you and them.
Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have. ~Christopher Morley
As a local realtor and resident of the San Ramon Tri-Valley for 15+ years, I have encountered many folks who have been very generous with their time and talents. It is wonderful to live and work in a community that has so many opportunities to do good for others. Looking to sell or buy a home? Feel welcome to call email or text me today. I’m here to help!