How much do you do to give back to the community? If we are all being honest with ourselves then it is probably fair to say that we could all in fact do a little more in terms of what we do for charities or for community based programs. I caught up with a great man last week Edgar Gonzalez, Anaheim resident like myself and one of the most kind people that I know. Edgar lives right here in Santa Ana, Anaheim where he runs the Who’s Next Boxing Academy which greatly helps young boys and girls to stay off the streets and focus on training instead. Edgar Gonzalez was once a baseball coach but now he likes to spend his time working with youngsters in the community. If you are inspired by Edgar’s story then here are just a few ways that you can get more involved, and give back to the community.
If you are short on ideas but you want to help you can simply contact someone like Edgar that is working in your community and see if you can lend a hand with them. Most programs such as the one that Edgar has are crying out for volunteers and so you may be able to offer them some of your time in order to help them out. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have any particular skills, in many cases people just need bodies to keep an eye on the kids or to carry equipment, tasks that almost everyone can easily achieve. Don’t worry if you don’t have specific skills, there are always plenty of things that you can do instead.
There are many community programs which need straight up cash and a great way that you can help is to sell some of the stuff that you have lying around, and donate this money to these charities and programs. Let’s face it we all have stuff that has been buried away in drawers and cupboards, so why not spend a day raking around and then head online to sell what you have, you may be surprised at the amount of money that you make.
Starting Your Own
If you have a special skill then you should look to try and use it in helping people within your community. Let’s imagine that you are a guitar player, you could give free lessons to the kids in your community who cannot afford one otherwise, all you need is a second guitar and you can give lessons. Alternatively you could follow in the footsteps of Edgar Gonzalez and open up a gym which teaches kids how to be disciplined through the medium of boxing or another exercise. If there aren’t already things in place in your community, why not put them in place?
Doing anything in the community is better than doing nothing so make sure that you give it a go.