With Mandela Day coming up, we thought we’d share how you can become a virtual volunteer, or devote your time on this special day in a unique way.
Volunteering Is Good For You (And Everyone!)
In honour of Nelson Mandela, 18 July is acknowledged as Mandela Day. On this day, we set aside time to promote and support charitable causes, for at least 67 minutes. The mental health benefits of volunteering are well-known, so it’s not only good for the world, it’s good for you too!
Of course, during this strange year, mass gatherings and crowds are to be avoided, so that may make volunteering in person a little difficult. Luckily, virtual volunteering is easy enough to sign up for! In South Africa, ForGood has made this a simple process, and you can now volunteer virtually for Mandela Day 2020.
If you’re looking for alternative ways to offer your time on Mandela Day, think about ways you can participate in online campaigns. You could devote your 67 minutes towards:
Raising online awareness of important causes, using your online and social media platforms
Running an online donation drive to raise funds for a cause you care about.
Donating money towards a cause that means a lot to you. Check out the backabuddy website for some ideas.
Volunteering At Home
Devoting your 67 minutes on Mandela Day towards home-based activities is also entirely possible. Take this time to clear out the cupboards, reorganise your shelves, or simply clean out the garage. There’s definitely a charitable organisation in your neighbourhood who could do with some extra items!
Volunteering In Your Neighbourhood
If you’re looking for a cause you can devote your 67 minutes towards within your neighbourhood, consider these options:
Cooking a meal for families in need: Chat to your local ward councillor or charity to find out how you can assist.
Conducting a neighbourhood cleanup: Put your mask and gloves on, and grab a plastic bag. Every neighbourhood could do with a bit of a litter cleanup!
Helping your neighbours: While social distancing remains the order of the day, there are definitely ways you can help other people in your neighbourhood, while maintaining a safe distance.
LifeDoc Can Help
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