Easter is a time of family and community togetherness, but while many people want to do their part, they struggle to know how. So, whether you’re volunteering your time for people in underserved communities, or donating your money to help those less fortunate, here are three ways you can give back this Easter.
Help out a homeless person
Shoppers and passers by homeless people want to help, but don’t know how. One of the easiest and simplest routes are to alert homeless charities and professionals. These trained and official bodies can put rough sleepers in touch with the help they need.
Another way to help the homeless is to donate your time, not just your money. When approached by a homeless person, instinctively we think they want our money more than anything, but this is not always the case. Instead, it is recommended that if you want to help a homeless person then you should rather give them food. This way, you are safe in the knowledge that your aid is benefiting those in need, and not making them more vulnerable by funding any alcohol or drug addictions. A warm cup of tea and a sandwich goes a long way.
With your kind donations, in 2016/2017, the charity Crisis helped 1,400 individuals progress to external education or secure a paid job and 11,000 people on their journey out of homelessness. If you’re someone that wants to help but has limited resources, donate what you can. An old coat, some socks or a scarf are the little things that are actually big things to rough sleepers. So, remember, no gift is too small.
Donate to a food bank
Food banks will depend on your goodwill and support this Easter. Over 90% of the food distributed by food banks is donated, a testament to how vital your donations are to the survival of those less fortunate. The Trussell Trust, with your generosity, can change peoples lives. Make a one-off or regular donation to one of your local food banks or supermarket collection points. Additionally, you can donate anything from clothing to furniture, everything donated makes the world of difference.
Donations to food banks are one of the simplest routes to helping those less fortunate, and it has become a corporate social responsibility for the country’s biggest supermarkets such as TESCO and ASDA. Your donations can provide a family with a balanced and nutritious meal, give back today.
Support a charity
Supporting a charity can be one of the most rewarding routes to giving back. Spending a Saturday volunteering with local organizations, perhaps your community food bank, partaking in a fundraising event and then donating your proceeds, even playing The Health Lottery means you’re helping our local and national charities. Since its launch in 2011, the Health Lottery has raised over £96 million for local health related causes, a feat only possible with you.
Some of the many organizations the Health Lottery supports include: IT programmes for the elderly; support for young LGBT people; social community activities to combat isolation; and art, craft, and dance projects for young people and those with mental health issues.
Easter time is a time to reflect on how fortunate you are, and how you can do more to help those less fortunate. Your time, goodwill, support and money are all crucial to survival of charity like food banks and many more organisations, so give what you can and know you’ve done your part.