Do you ever feel like you can’t do enough to make a difference? That, since there are so many worthy causes in the world, your help doesn’t really matter?
Global changes aren’t the magic result of some unbelievably efficient people simultaneously tackling all of the world’s issues. Global changes are what happens when everyone continually strives to make a difference in their community.
That means every small thing you do to improve your community is part of a global change.
That means your help does really matter.
Here are seven ways you can change the world by making change in your community:
Not-for-profit organizations, especially local ones, rely on volunteers to fulfill their missions. Moreover, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to both an increased reliance on community services and a lack of volunteers.
The short version? Local not-for-profits need your help now more than ever.
Volunteer Toronto is your one-stop shop for current and upcoming volunteer opportunities in the GTA. If you’re studying from another region, or self-isolating at home, check out Volunteer Canada for nationwide and virtual ways to lend a hand.
We get it—student budgets are tight. But, donations come in many non-monetary forms:
- Clothes you’ve outgrown can go to clothing banks or emergency housing organizations.
- Furniture you no longer need can be picked up by a furniture bank.
- You can donate blood at any of three clinics in Toronto.
- Non-perishable food items, especially canned produce, can be brought to an emergency housing organization or picked up by a food bank.
Giving is easier than it seems.
3. Shop locally
Got a sweet craving? Hit up a family-run bakery in your area! Planning to pamper yourself? Pick up personal care products just around the corner! In search of a personalized present? Call up your local calligrapher.
4. Look after your own
“Self-care is about the individual caring for their own basic physical needs, whereas community care is focused on the collective: taking care of people together, for everything from basic physical needs to psychological and even spiritual ones. Community care is a recognition of the undeniable cooperative and social nature of human beings and involves a commitment to reduce harm simply through being together.”
Basically, doing nice things for the people in your life helps strengthen the social bonds in your community. Making a difference can be as simple as making lunch for your roommate.
5. Use your voice
Staying informed is important, but using that information to educate people in your circle is how you make a change.
If you catch wind of a loved one spreading outdated, unfounded or incorrect information about a particular issue, seize the opportunity to sit down with them and explain the facts. It might provoke strong emotions, it might take more than one try and you might worry you’re not a high enough authority to change their mind—but silence is compliance.
The most difficult conversations are, often times, the most necessary ones.
When you pick who’s in charge, you pick where your money goes. You pick the messages your community is fed and you pick who delivers them.
From Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 5, you pick your 2021-2022 IGNITE Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is comprised of nine students across all three Humber and UofGH campuses and sits at the top of the IGNITE hierarchy. The Board makes decisions that make your student life easier—because we believe students know what students need best.
We also believe you should decide who distributes your student fees—so, every spring, you elect the students who sit on the board. To make voting safe and convenient, this year’s elections will be happening virtually.
You can change your community by checking a box.
Gear up for voting week by learning how a single ballot can change everything.