Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and truth. — 1 John 3:18

“Your city needs you.” Batman might keep the bad guys off the streets, but you can be a superhero, too. There are always people and causes in your community in desperate need of your unique skills, disposition, or resources.

Here are just a few ideas to inspire you to serve your city.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank.

It’s not always easy to tell if someone has enough to eat. Food insecurity doesn’t just affect the poor and homeless. Many families living off low wages or relying on social security don’t always have enough to spend on food. A hearty meal and a stocked cupboard can make a world of difference.

Here are just a few of the food banks in Canada and the United States. But there are food banks around the world. All it takes is a quick Google search to find one near you.

Help out at a pet shelter

Pets are part of our communities, too, and many don’t get the love they deserve. Shelters often need an extra hand, and it’s a great way for animal lovers to make some new friends!

Love thy neighbor

Maybe you’re pressed for time, and can’t make a commitment to volunteering regularly for a non-profit organization. There are always those in need of your help close to home. Mow the lawn for your elderly or ailing neighbors, or take their dog for a walk.

Give Blood

Hospitals and urgent care facilities are always in need of blood, and the shelf life isn’t very long. Giving blood is quick and relatively painless. You won’t even miss it, but it could be the greatest gift someone else will ever receive.


So, you’re flush with cash, but not with time. Donations can be the best way to help out a charitable organization. The professionals who run them know exactly what they need, and the best ways to stretch that money. If you have some to spare, help a good cause keep their lights on.

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