Volunteering behaviours amongst our generations nowadays are not uncomfortable anymore. With a lot of things going on around the world, people have started to be more open and civic-minded about other people’s situations, especially in California. With all this awareness, people are starting to become more comfortable opening up about volunteering themselves to help organizations or non-profit organizations. Although volunteering can be seen as tiring and non-profitable, it holds more value, and have so many benefits volunteering than just helping the ones in need. One of the values that we can get from volunteering is empathy. Being in a position where we know that we have the capabilities, to move around, to work, to volunteer, and help people makes us see better of other people’s situations and circumstances. Some of these people did not even have the options to choose but rather to accept their situation. Thus, being present and able to see that in front of our eyes shows us the side of the world that we could not see before and made us more understanding. But what can we really do and contribute as a volunteer in California?
The first thing that you can do as a volunteer in California is by spreading awareness. Spreading awareness is very general. Therefore, you can do in any way that you are comfortable with including distributing flyers or sharing them through your social media. Regardless of what way you choose to spread the awareness, the purpose is to only invite more people to participate, so we could get more help and to share a real-life experience participating as a volunteer, witnessing how badly other people are affected, especially after natural disasters. This is the easiest way to contribute as a volunteer because you are able to do it from anywhere including your house. I have seen my friends do this when we were hanging out somewhere around Canninghill Square Former Liang Court in Singapore the other day, they were basically spreading awareness through their social media. This way, people will get more knowledge and information from this awareness about donating, helping other people and doing volunteer work.
Although there are many types of volunteering work you can do, this is specified when other people are badly affected, whether it is because of natural disasters or unavoided situations. The other way of helping as a volunteer is also by donating. You can donate almost anything you want. You can donate something that you no longer use without using any money, and you can also decide on a certain budget to use for buying things, like groceries, new clothes, essentials, and so much more. By donating your unneeded things at home, you are not only saving your money than being spent, but you are also clearing things for more space at home. Other than donating your unneeded items, you could also donate by hiring people to build more rehabilitation centres. You could hire architects, a flat roofer or anyone that could be involved to help with building a foundation for those in need. These are some of the good ways and recommended to do so if you are thinking of volunteering in California.
Like I mentioned previously, there are many types of volunteering work. There are times where you would help people, assisting patients, donating, and giving out food. But there will be events when you are required to do communal work at certain associations or certain places that need attention. It is very important to participate physically as there are many people who contribute and participate with donating and spreading awareness but there are not many people who would give their physical strength to help because it takes a lot more energy. But I would recommend people to do this mora rather than other ways because it is as needed as well.
To summarize, volunteering is very important these days. Although there are people who are willing to help and willingly volunteer, it is far better when we are all in this together. Because this is not entirely to help, it is also to make the world a better place to live especially for our future generation. Not having enough examples explains why there are not many people with civic-minded and common sense behaviours. With everyone come hand in hand in volunteering, the behaviour can be normalized and becomes a habit. Over time, it will be naturally developed for our kids and future generations because we normalized it. Nonetheless, I hope whoever who are currently thinking of volunteering, may you will be prosperous with all the joys in life for the upcoming helps you are about to give.