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Everywhere you turn, there is someone in need. On the media channels, you see areas afflicted by natural disasters. Or, maybe the local news has covered a terrible house fire leaving a family homeless. They all evoke emotions, but often times leave you wondering what ways you can help accomplish the greater good.
There might be situations where you find someone you want to help but their needs are bigger than what you can provide on your own. Maybe it’s the financially struggling family who just lost everything in a fire or the homeless teen that needs a job and mentoring.
When you come across someone who could use a hand up, don’t despair and think you can’t possibly do anything. Instead, look for ways to invite your community to rally around the individual or family you want to help. By working as a team, you can change a life or even several lives for the better.
4 Ways You Can Help Accomplish the Greater Good
When you hear the term “greater good” what do you think it means?
The Urban Dictionary says it is :
“Actively participating with accountability in the positive growth of social, economic and political change.”
Another site defines it as:
“a common expression which refers to the fact that you are doing something that most likely will not benefit you but many people, a community or even the human race according to the context. ”
Others use the term common good. Basically, what is best for society as a whole.
While it might seem that your actions have little impact upon a situation, every little bit can help. Even though large disasters like a hurricane create a need on a large scale, there are times when something closer to home will contribute to the greater good.
I firmly believe in looking both near and far when seeking ways to help others.
Think about what help is needed
The first thing to do when you’re helping someone is to ask about what they need.
Does the homeless teen need help to practice for job interviews?
Does the family need a place to stay until they can get back on their feet?
Is a single mom struggling to put food on the table for her kids?
By evaluating needs, you can put together an action plan. It also helps you see which people in your community might be able to help the most.
Enlist family and friends
Now, it’s time to start gathering your community.
Go to friends and family to ask for help. Remember other’s gifts and talents as you ask.
The friend who remodels homes may have appliances he can provide to a single mom. The family member who has a knack for writing could create a resume for an out-of-work father.
Often times, people are willing to help when asked. With busy lives, it can be easy to not know of a need present in the community.
Extend into the workplace
Don’t overlook helping hands in your workplace. Your co-workers or even your boss might be willing to help someone in need.
You want to approach your colleagues carefully so you don’t put any pressure on them. You could say something simple like, “I have a friend in need. I know you’re talented in XYZ area. Do you have the time and energy to help them out?”
Understand that not all of your co-workers will be interested in helping out. They may have a lot going on in their personal lives or they may not feel qualified to do anything.
Remember that you will be seeing your co-workers every day for months or even years after you ask, so handle their rejections gracefully. You could say, “Thanks for being honest with me about your availability. Maybe next time.”
Consider business sponsored activities
You can also look at business sponsored activities. If your company has an annual fundraiser for the less fortunate, mention the individual or family in need. Your boss may have ideas on how the company can help out.
Some businesses may also have policies in place to encourage employees to show kindness. For example, your company may allow workers to spend one hour each month focused on a pay it forward activity on the clock or they may match donations to certain causes. Ask your boss or the HR department about these programs.
You don’t have to be a superhero to change a life. You can do it by enlisting your community and helping them shine.
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What are some ways that you are helping the world be a better place?