Jan 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Be Intentional About Compassion

If you are caught wondering what it is you can do that demonstrates compassion  and offers a means for service to others, here are twelve suggestions. You may be in a position to organize a cadre of volunteers to act on the following suggestions, or you may join already existing groups that are focused on the activities.  Be sure your efforts do not violate regulations regarding additional assistance those in governmental programs may receive.

Recognize that you can do something.  Create a special ONCE A MONTH calendarOn this calendar post one thing you can do to be helpful to others.

For example, January:  Offer  your services to your local food bank, providing pick up of food goods from grocery and other stores who are willing to make sizable donations. Identify persons/families who need the food.  Connect the two.

February:  Serve, for as many days as you can, as a delivery person of Meals on Wheels to those who are signed up for it.  Spend some time with these individuals that will give them the nourishment of friendship.

March:  Collect, from as many sources as you can, clothing which will meet the specific needs of a family.  Make sure they are age appropriate, clean and fit the sizes of those within your identified family.  If necessary, make an appointment to deliver the clothes.

April:  Visit your local utility company.  Offer to pay for 30 days or more of electric, gas, water and other needs for a family unable to pay for their service.  Let it be an anonymous gift or from an organization.

May:  Find out from neighborhood organizations those who may need assistance with yard or repair work.  Particularly be aware of persons on fixed incomes or the elderly and disabled.

June: Organize a task force to identify persons who need help with lodging, rent and other assistance.  Develop a campaign “To Keep People at Home,” with funds being directed to persons who need rental and other economic assistance for an identified period.

July: Organize street parties, with local support and assistance, for summer time events.  Include children.  Offer food.  Involve as many persons as you can.

August:  Meet with local school teachers and administrators.  Find out what needs children have.  Address meal considerations, snacks after school, school supplies, ample and adequate clothing, transportation, expenses required by the school for recreational and other activities.

September: Prepare now for the holidays.  They will be here suddenly and the needs, as always, will be heavy.  Organize your volunteer network to work with the Salvation Army, Good Will, US Marines, Local Firefighters and businesses,  St Vincent de Paul, others in your vicinity to provide for food, toys, clothes, and other necessities at the holidays.

October:  Identify someone within your network to be responsible for publicity and public relations.  Keep everyone aware, within your public circle, of the needs and means for offering assistance.  Use the internet, local newspaper, leaflets, posters and other means for spreading the word.

November: Line up volunteers to ready boxes of food and toys and other items for the holidays.  Work with local churches who go to neighborhoods to carol, postal deliverers and others who may suggest ways to get the boxes delivered to the doorstep.

December: Continue with the November plan, but make it more widespread and more inclusive of the community.

The 13th Month:  Include an extra month in the year for those who are prepared to go the second mile, or volunteers that you don’t already have assigned.  Specify that they develop means of aiding persons who are HOMELESS.



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