How to Help Out

We can't all be heroes, but that doesn't mean you can't help out a little in your community. Little deeds and actions that give out a good impression of you can have loads of benefits: boosting you're self-esteem when receiving gratitude from others, improving your public image, and those awesome feel good enzymes that just make your day!


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    Be proud to pick up trash. At sporting events and concerts, many people ignore the trash can and are satisfied throwing their half-full drinks and candy wrappers on the ground. To help, after throwing your own trash away in a designated can or recycling bin (not all cans are usable, make sure there is not a sign specifying it for "concessions only" or "storage"), look on the ground and pick up what others left. Even if you're passing by from the concessions on your way to the bleachers or to the parking lot and see something."A little thing can make a lot of difference".
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    Help out those older than you. Senior citizens need a little assistance. If you see a senior trying to push a heavy cart back to their car, offer your help or offer to rake or mow your senior neighbor's lawn for them. If you do a good job, they may recommend you to other neighbors, and before long you'll have a small business going.
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    Know your limits. If you see a man having a heart attack in a restaurant, don't go crazy on him. If you aren't a trained paramedic, you should first call the Emergency Services. If you see a small child fall off their bike and you aren't first-aid trained, help them up and ask where their parents are, but do not try to administer any medical help. The child may have an allergy you don't know about, and using a latex bandage may cost you more than you or the child bargained for.
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    Reduce, reuse, recycle, and convince your neighbors too. Recycling can make a big difference for the environment, especially plastics which can take millions of years to decompose. Sort your trash into separate bins, and take them to your local recycling center. If you have time on the weekend, go around your neighborhood and tell people about your recycling efforts, offer to help them sort their discarded items and get the whole neighborhood in on it. You could have some fun with your efforts and have a community recycling fair.
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    Try to fill an existing need in your community, somewhere, where someone needs your help. Maybe your neighbors need you to watch their dogs while they are on holiday, or a local service organization is looking for volunteers. Your help will be greatly appreciated. When in doubt, ask if there is something that you could do to help.


  • Essentially what that person means is just watch for opportunities to be helpful. Like you could offer to walk older people's dogs. Put up flyers for babysitting. The 3 R's...reduce, reuse, and recycle like they said.
  • You could help out at your school or local library. Almost anything that you do as a volunteer is helpful.
  • There are also more simple ways to help. Like if someone drops something help them pick it up.
  • Don't overdo helping out, humans like to be independent sometimes it's nice to have somebody help you out now and again but constantly asking to help out can get annoying.
  • Do five good deeds a day. From doing the dishes to helping pack bags, five won't tire you out and it will make you feel good about yourself too.


  • Don't expect payment for your good deed, after all people will think you're being rude and probably not ask for you to help out again.
  • Be cautious if you're helping a stranger, you never know who that stranger might actually be.

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Categories: Volunteer and Community Service