Visiting the elderly or shut-ins in your neighborhood is another great way to volunteer. While volunteering at a local center that does charity work is always a good way to fulfill your goal to help others, there are many other ways to personalize what you can do.
Looking for opportunities in your own neighborhood can start you on a volunteering journey that is more personal and can be adjusted to your own schedule. You may have neighbors who are elderly or home bound that might need help and are being missed by nearby volunteer groups.
Once you figure out who you would like to reach out to and help, you need to get your foot in the door, so to speak. A perfect time to introduce yourself is after a storm when the power is out. Stopping by to introduce yourself and see if they are ok is a good way to start. You can ask them if they have a way to keep warm, have enough food to eat or need any help.
Get to know them a little bit by telling them who you are and where you live. Bringing over some tea to share can often open up the opportunity to sit for a bit and get to know each other. Through this conversation, you can see if they have friends or family checking in on them already to determine if your help is really needed.
Getting to know which elderly neighbors already have a safety net will better help you to know where to focus your time and volunteering resources. They may know of other neighbors who might need to be checked on too so be sure to ask them this question before saying goodbye.
Connecting with your neighbors is sometimes a lost art in the world we live in. Creating friendships in your own neighborhood is always a good idea. It will make your feel better about where you live and inspire others to look out for each other too.
Often the elderly and home bound are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood when everyone is at work for the day. Because of your friendliness towards them, you will feel safer knowing they are looking out for you too.