Promoting Peace in Your Community by Giving Back

Volunteer for Community

Thinking about promoting peace in your community?

One of the best ways to promote both inner peace and peace within your community is to get involved with a local community organization.

While many of us would love to promote peace by volunteering our time, sometimes we do not know where to start.

I find it best to first figure out what I’m interested in (animals, homeless, education, environment…) and then how I’ll be able to contribute (financially, serving, or with a skill like tutoring, organizing, or creating a website…)

Then I go to trusted data banks of organizations. My top 3 are: The United Way, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator.

The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. They only partner up with credible organizations and make it easy to find something that fits your skill set and interest.

http://www.unitedway.org/find-your-united-way/ 

http://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/volunteer

For those of us who don’t have the time to do all we’d like, most local charities and nonprofits have ways to easily contribute financially online, while many others also have posted wishlists.

Both Charity Navigator and GuideStar are excellent resources for determining how much of your contribution actually goes towards helping others, versus CEO paychecks.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/

http://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx

Remember that whatever you choose to do will be helpful- so get out there and promote peace in your community! Carpe Diem!

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” -John Wesley

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