Do you want to do something special, something meaningful for a cause you love? Are you thinking that you are ‘over the hill’ and that your useful days are over?
Do you want to make a positive difference somewhere? Maybe you just don’t know what to do and to try to figure it out is just too daunting.
Even if you are on a restrictive budget, living with your family or in a retirement home, it does not mean you can’t do something to help others. In retirement, you are in a perfect position to make a positive difference to something or someone. You have the time, so all you need is desire to do something meaningful.
What are your passions? What do you care about? Is there a charity you want to support? Maybe a grass roots or start-up charity in your community needs help. Small charities need fundraising help as they are focusing on their mission, not on raising money.
There are many worthy charities that desperately need help raising funds. The necessities for any charity are endless. There is always something they need for delivering their mission. You can step in and help them raise money.
It’s possible that you are suffering from cabin fever after being locked down or having your activities curtailed by the Covid-19 restrictions. You need to get involved in something that will make you feel good. Volunteer fundraising is a perfect opportunity for you to give back and make a meaningful difference to any charity.
Here are five excellent reasons why you should consider volunteer fundraising:
All the money in the world does not compensate for the good feelings we get when we help others in need. Don’t you love the feeling when you see that big smile on the face of the child you helped, the mother you supported, or the neighbor you assisted by getting his poor cat off his roof?
We all love to feel good, and giving back by raising funds for a cause provides this great feeling.
Volunteer fundraising gives us something to do, with a goal and a timeframe for reaching the goal. This will reduce any boredom and/or the onset of depression that many can fall into from a lack of purpose.
Many of us didn’t have careers that let us nurture our passions. We had to find jobs that paid the bills. Feeding cats just doesn’t pay the electricity, water, and rent due each month.
As a volunteer fundraiser you can nurture your passions, whether they are in animal care, gardening, basic construction, athletic activities, the abused, and so on, as you raise money to help the cause you love.
As we get older, or when we have too much time on our hands, we can begin to feel useless and no longer needed. Volunteer fundraising helps us find value in our lives.
Being able to help a charity by raising money improves both our self-value and our self-esteem. We feel we are positively contributing to society. We see value in our efforts, and how it is important to something bigger than ourselves.
Volunteer fundraising allows us to learn new skills and techniques. Whether you are volunteer fundraising for a charity concerning children, animals, or another aspect of community life, you are learning and working with new skills.
You gain a positive sense of accomplishment from time well spent doing something meaningful, especially when you see the benefits of your efforts.
Volunteer fundraising is one of the top choices for people who want to make a positive and meaningful difference to something outside themselves. We should all seriously consider and explore volunteer fundraising.
Perley-Ann Friedman’s new book, Volunteer Fundraising Simplified – How to Raise Money for a Cause You Love, is now available on Amazon and other online book stores worldwide.
What do you do with your free time in retirement? When it comes to volunteering your time, have you considered raising funds for a charity? What kind of charity would you choose to help? Please join the conversation!