Commit Yourself To Social Work

roses Today I'd like to talk about a topic very close to my heart. Giving back. Everyone of us is in a position to give something back. I consider myself to be a lucky girl. My mom was a 22 year old student when I was born. Being a single mother in Russia, working part time while also finishing her degree, I cannot imagine how she was able to take care of a small child and bring me up as she did. Visiting my aunt in Germany she met my father and the two of them fell deeply in love. We moved to Germany and they got married when I was 4 years old. Ever since I had all the educational opportunities I could wish for. I graduated from high-school, I made it to university, I even studied abroad in Shanghai for a semester, I got my bachelors degree in economics and East Asian studies and currently I am writing my master thesis in a field I thoroughly enjoy to work in. I can afford living in my own flat - it isn't the best neighborhood and also not the most beautiful house, but it's my own. And I am going abroad again for my last semester starting in January.

Becoming active and giving back was always something I wanted to do, though felt like I don’t have the time or money for. I guess these are the most common excuses. But if you take a look around you will notice that there are a lot of organizations which search for volunteers with as little time as 1-4 hours per week and are aware of the busy time schedule you might have. Since I joined the local LEO club two years ago, I got to know so many local social organizations with great causes that always search for volunteers. May it be the youth development program, which brings students and socially disadvantaged pupils together to encourage them on their future course of education or the local food bank, which gives food to those in need year around. Also while we have a campaign every month it’s never an obligation to join. Those of us who can spare the time do. Mostly we do raise money to forward to a social organization we’d like to support, but often we also support by manpower. Last month we visited a local retirement home and baked wafers for the residents and the month before we collected books which people gave away for free and sold them to support the afore mentioned youth development program.

It doesn’t matter how busy you are, I bet you do have half a day per month to give something back. I suggest you inform yourself about social organizations and programs in your town and find a cause that you would like to support. Get to know the people who you would work with, join one or two activities and most importantly: be open minded.

I hope I could motivate you to commit yourself to a social project. But most likely some of you are already doing some kind of social work: share! I’d love to hear your stories.

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8 Comments on Commit Yourself To Social Work

  1. I love this post and it really touched my heart. I definitely have been feeling guilty lately over not giving back to my wonderful community enough because I consider myself “too busy” with school. You’ve inspired me to do some research tonight about some local social programs! Thanks lovely <3

  2. You did help motivate me! There is always the time, it’s just a matter of prioritizing it. I used to be very active in my community (special olympics being my main volunteer position) but over the years I’ve let these activities fall to the wayside. for 2014 I want to make more of an effort to give back to my community in a way that works best for me. I always have so much leftover food so I think donating food to a local shelter or donating canned goods to the food bank would definitely work for me. Thank you for the reminder, lovely!

    • You are welcome, girl. I am happy to be a reminder. It’s so cool that you committed yourself to special olympics. And I know that sometimes we just find that a project doesn’t fit into our lives any longer, but there is always something else to do. Good resolutions really should be more often about what we can give instead of how to change ourselves.

  3. So glad to have stumbled by your blog today – Love your post – funny coinkydink is the pastor at our church focused his teaching on “giving a cup” …helping someone else out with a cup of coffee or a cold water can be such a small thing to the giver sometimes, but can be such a wonderful thing to the receiever!

    • coinkydink ;) ? haha, made my morning! I think “giving a cup” is an awesome idea. I’ve heard about similar projects around the blogworld. How someone paid for the person behind in line at Starbucks. Though this surely is a friendly gesture, I highly doubt that those people staying in line at Starbucks are actually “in need”. I like to adopt this concept to homeless people. I never give money to beggars, but I offer to buy food or water.

  4. Awe, I love this post! It’s written after my own heart as I am a licensed social worker in the states. I hope to be able to use my degree here in Germany and be a part of the community again. Glad you found my blog so that now I’ve found yours!

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