If you are a homemaker with a lot of free time or you are a retiree, there are some unique ways to use hobbies for charitable causes. Here are some ideas that will help you to socialize more, aid others and spend your time fruitfully:
Imparting Free Education
When you read the statistics given by UNESCO you will be horrified at the percentage of illiterate youth around the world. Nearly 67 million children across the globe do not have the benefit of a school education. But there are NGOs (Non Government Organizations) in most nations that deal with children’s education. You can work as a volunteer and teach the children whichever subject you enjoy teaching.
Yarn crafts for charity
Knitting and/or crochet projects sounds more like a fancy hobby. But when you knit or crochet blankets, shawls, monkey caps, rompers, cardigans, etc for the poor or underprivileged; the activity becomes more meaningful.
If you are fond of outdoor activities there is a plethora of volunteer work you can participate in:
- Helping out at a departmental store during the festival rush,
- Helping at a fund raising cultural/sports event,
- Socializing at the nearest home for senior citizens,
- Mentoring an underprivileged student (actually tutoring at home),
- Helping at church events,
- Spending time with terminally ill patients,
- Providing free goodies for poor children/adults.
Making funeral arrangements for the poor using your organizational skills
This may sound morbid but here’s the harsh truth – there are many people in the world who can’t afford a decent funeral and coffin for their departed ones. In their time of bereavement a helping hand even from a stranger would be most welcome. If you are good at organizing things, you can use that talent and make funeral arrangements on behalf of a grieving family.
Making toys from recycled materials
Making toys is fun. It is a unique art. But making toys from recycled (throw away items) materials is even better. It serves many purposes:
- It reduces trash,
- It hones your creative and artistic skills,
- It gives you pleasure and keeps you occupied,
- It gives your fingers and hands exercise,
- It gives pleasure to the children who receive free toys.
You can make toys with any throw away items like packaging material (bubble wraps, thermocol or cardboard boxes), leftover cloth, tins, bottles or plastic. These toys can be given away in charity.
None of the activities mentioned above will cost you much money. They are cheap to indulge in. Yet it will mean a better and happier life for someone if you utilize one of your hobbies for charitable causes.