Your Career Can Benefit Others Too

There are an endless number of ways to help others. You can run a restaurant for the poor or raise money for children with disabilities. When it comes to helping others, it doesn’t matter who you are — middle class or part of the 1%. You can be a total busybody and still give back by using your career as a means of benefitting others. Here’s how you can do it.

Especially for university students, fearing that your future occupation may be a selfish one is completely natural. After all, being a creative writer or interior designer may seem, in a way, limited. This is far from true, as many jobs can be platforms for sharing knowledge and information with others. If you are a chef, you can use your expertise to educate other aspiring chefs, whether this means charging for a workshop or doing it for free.

Offering your services pro bono is another awesome way to do good. It may not profit you financially, but the simple joy of giving others a means to learn is almost always enough. Reach out to charitable institutions and figure out where you can be an asset. Who knows? You may be part of the success story of an aspiring engineer.

If you’re unsure of how your job can help others directly, use it to advocate for something. If you’re a graphic designer promoting mental health, make an infographic. If you’re a farmer promoting animal welfare, grow organic, vegan food. Somehow, things always fall into place, even when partnerships seem odd. Especially today, there are so many different ways to do one thing. Now is the time to be innovative and resourceful.

If you are fairly established in the working world, a sensible option would be to earn to give. Figure out how much of your salary you can set aside for a cause you are truly passionate about. Decide whether you are financially stable enough to commit to a charity for a certain amount of time. Do research to ensure that your money is being distributed fairly and doing exactly what it is meant to. Of course, sticking to a group will require some involvement. Engage with your charity every now and then via visits or events.

If you feel your vocation should be directly involved with a cause, don’t hesitate to go for it. This way, you can make helping others your career. Still, decide where you think you can be most useful and what problems, to you, are most urgent. If you are great with computers, you can opt to do research regarding statistics or patterns that may be of use to your advocacy. Maybe you’re a fearless public speaker who would do best promoting your cause. If you are brimming with passion, chances are, you’ll find your place within whatever field of work you choose.

Picking out the perfect job may be a case of what earns the most or what line of work your family is in. But keep in mind that it is also about your personal desires and strengths, as well as its potential to impact others.

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Anatolian Town Offers Free Meals To The Poor

Around the world, free meals have been making it into the mouths of the hungry at an impressive scale. In New York public schools, lunches are free of charge. Soup kitchens, like La Soupe in Cincinnati, are growing in abundance across the nation. This modest Anatolian town is home to Merkez restaurant, which offers free meals to the poor.

On any given day, [owner Mehmet] Ozturk says at least 15 people come to his restaurant to receive a free meal. According to residents, around 100 people eat for free each day across the whole town, which is home to around 28,000 people.

Merkez owners have been serving free meals for a healthy 70 years. Menu items include rice, chicken, soup, and, of course, kebabs. On Islamic holidays, Merkez provides feasts at no cost to the entire town of Karakocan.

“No matter who you ask in Elazig, they will tell you about Karakocan’s generosity,” [says Hasan Gulbasan, restaurant manager in Karakocan.]

Karakocan has aided causes for Syria’s Aleppo as well as victims of the Van earthquake in 2011. Many claim to engage in philanthropic activities for the sake of barakah (blessings), but are also just inherently giving. If there is one thing this little Turkish community can preach, it’s that generosity never gets old.

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Millionaire Rescues Foster Children After Irma

For millionaires who give back, writing big checks is the most sensible option. Just last month, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates donated $4.6 billion to charity. But for foster children displaced by Hurricane Irma, millionaire Marc Bell is doing something different. The former executive of Penthouse magazine opened his Florida mansion to 70 kids.

“There was an abundance of love. All these kids were getting one-on-one attention, which they never get. All the little kids were being held by someone and the older kids were getting one-on-one conversation,” [said Bell]

By the numbers, the Bell family ordered 20 pizzas, did 36 loads of laundry, and served 800 meals in 72 hours. To entertain the presumably nervous children, the Bells also hired balloon artists and ice cream trucks.

“It was a magical experience and I managed to talk to all the kids and get to know them,”

“We always help people. We never say ‘no,’… That’s just who we are.”

When the children returned to the SOS Children’s Villages shelter, Bell took the time to visit them. Bell has since proved to be not only a philanthropist, but an active figure in the lives of children in need.

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Deaf Boy Raises Money For Deaf Children

When it comes to being charitable, it’s never to early to start. In fact, some benefactors can be as young as 5-years-old, like prodigy painter Cassie Gee. For this 10-year-old deaf boy, what started as a lesson in responsibility became a fundraising initiative for other deaf children.

“When my dog ate my hearing aids, I kind of learned how important it is and I kind of felt bad for the other people who might [not be able to replace theirs],” [said] Braden Baker.

Baker lost his hearing aids to family dog Chewy twice, and has since been more diligent in keeping them safe. The troublesome encounter encouraged him to set up a GoFundMe page, which raised $15,000 in a single month. Baker donated the money to Oticon Hearing Foundation.

“We could not be more thankful for his generosity and determination,” the foundation, who’s mission is to improve hearing care worldwide, said on their official Facebook page.

Because of kids like Baker, the fact that our future lies in the hands of the new generation isn’t such a scary thought.

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Sustainable Soup Kitchen Is Saving Food And People

Apps donating excess meals to the needy and farms functioning exclusively for food banks are making it a lot easier to tackle waste issues and world hunger. Sustainable soup kitchen La Soupe, run by Cincinnati chef Suzy DeYoung, also wants in on the action.

Last year, the group saved an estimated 125,000 pounds of produce from the landfill, serving 800 quarts a week through 47 participating agencies around [the] city during the school year.

To collect leftovers, volunteers use donation delivery apps and contract with produce suppliers. Of course, soup kitchens can serve whatever meal is most practical to make. But DeYoung believes that soup is still the way to go.

“You can stretch it, meaning if all you have are potatoes and onions you can make a lot by adding water versus just giving somebody a potato,”

Potatoes aside, soup is most viable for households with limited appliances. Public donations and community grants are La Soupe’s primary source of funding. Regular shoppers can also buy meals on a pay-what-you-can basis. La Soupe is just one of many looking to change the world, one bowl at a time.

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Bill Gates Donates Giant Microsoft Stake To Charity

You can always count on Warren Buffett’s charity auctions to generate hefty donations for the homeless. He most recently raised $2.6 million for the Glide Foundation. Undefeated in the philanthropic race is Bill Gates, who just donated $4.6 billion of a Microsoft stake to charity.

The world’s richest man donated 64 million of the Redmond, Washington-based company’s shares.

The donation, Gates’ biggest in 17 years, represents 5 percent of the billionaire philanthropist’s fortune. It also reduces his stake in Microsoft, the company he co-founded, to 1.3 percent.

While the lucky donee remains unnamed, netizens suspect the shares went to Gates’ own foundation.

The charity, set up by Gates and his wife to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty across the world, as well as improve educational opportunities and access to information technology in the U.S., has been the main beneficiary of prior donations from the business magnate.

Despite his extreme generosity, Gates is still the world’s richest man. He and wife Melinda aim to donate 95% of their wealth by the time of their passing. Now that’s something.

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How To Be A Successful Volunteer

In a world plagued by terrorism, hate culture, and the devastation of natural resources, lending oneself for the betterment of society seems to be an inherent response–and a good one. Philanthropy is undoubtedly the most meaningful way to rebuild and improve communities and becoming a volunteer will more often than not be beneficial to both giver and receiver. However, it takes a lot to be a successful participant.

Understanding why you want to volunteer is crucial. Some are passionate for a particular cause; perhaps battling poverty, environmentalism, assisting the disabled, or nurturing the abused. Others are motivated by personal reasons; whether it is to be removed from daily life or align oneself to a certain principle. Whatever the case, choosing to volunteer should not be an obligation but rather, a selfless desire.

Choosing where to volunteer is key. Picking out an organization to collaborate with is similar to matchmaking. The process involves seeking a group that is perfectly suited to your skills and interests. Can’t get enough of all things cute and fluffy? Join an animal welfare group! Want to see the world in a new perspective? Try going environmental.

Once you have chosen an agency, know how you can personally contribute value and measure your strengths. Be vocal about what services you can provide. Your productivity will depend on where you can be most useful–whether in administrative work or something more hands-on.

There are certain qualities a volunteer must always uphold. One should be flexible, and we’re not talking about the splits. Allow yourself to be elastic in terms of time and responsibilities. In the world of volunteering, carefully crafted plans are often subject to unraveling. Situations that involve a lack of resources or manpower may demand extra work. Volunteers with a strong sense of adaptability and focus are an organization’s most valuable assets.

Characteristically, volunteers should also be creative and energetic. Imagination can easily fuel one’s vigor and enthusiasm. An organization will not always meet its quota of goods and materials–being innovative will allow a group to consider alternative plans. This will also require energy. Volunteers often have to work long hours on tedious tasks. Being active and spirited may also encourage others to uphold integrity. There is no room for the dull and tired!

Lastly, volunteers must be open-minded and committed. Working with people of varying backgrounds and, more importantly, with those who are marginalized, entails being unbiased and without judgment. If volunteers are frank and honest, they will ultimately be accepting others as part of their own lives. Volunteering is not just about breaking the status quo–it is about realizing our own realities and where we fit into society. The volunteering experience, of course, is more significant when one is fully dedicated to the cause at hand. Commitment also gives the volunteer a true sense of immersion. Don’t slack off!

There is no denying that volunteering isn’t glamorous. More often than not, exposure to the hardships of our community is difficult to comprehend, much less accept. But there is time to learn. If there is one thing that volunteering teaches us, it is that time is valuable and should not be wasted.

Much can be accomplished in our world today, given that we are willing to make the sacrifice.

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