For some time, my partner and I have been talking about devoting time together to a local cause we believe in. Fuelled by our own sense of gratitude and desire to make a small difference, we considered a few options. And though there are so many wonderful causes to choose from, nothing seemed a perfect match. That is until we found The Furniture Bank.
The Furniture Bank is a Canadian non-profit dedicated to providing gently used household furnishings to families in need. With my new but growing background in design, and my partner's handyman skills, this was the cause we had been searching for. Volunteers can assist clients with furniture selection, prepare furniture for delivery, provide marketing or administrative support, and/or repair furniture. If you'd like to say hello, come by and you'll find us in the furniture workshop giving pieces a second life.
So, if you're also considering volunteering for a cause, start by asking yourself what's important to you. Poverty? Social justice? Healthcare? Education? What skills can you offer? How often are you available? Answering these questions will help narrow the options so that you can find the charity that speaks to you best.
And if you're on the fence, these are some great reasons to get in the trenches:
1. Give back to the community in which you live
2. Celebrate your appreciation for your good fortune
3. Apply your knowledge and skills to furthering an important cause
4. Learn new skills
5. Make new friends!
And of course if you can't volunteer your time, monetary donations are always just as important. Com'on, think about how good you'll feel!