This newly launched initiative is connecting charities, community events and local organisations that need volunteers and those who want to be involved in reaching out to those in need. Rather than just be a forum or place to brainstorm ideas for social initiatives, this project actually seeks to 'do something' by linking people or organisations who need help to those people in the community who can offer their time to help others. Do Something Near You was established by the Planet Ark founders and the former Executive of the National Trust of Australia.
So how can you get involved in Do Something Near You? Well, it is easier than you think. Just visit the website – www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au, type in your suburb or a place where you would like to help out, and a list of causes and organisations will come up, and all you have to do is select the one that best suits your interest and time. It's that simple. Making a difference couldn't have been more easier.
Being part of a community group or volunteering in a store is not just doing a menial task or fulfilling an obligation. It is giving back to the community and giving a hand to those who really need it the most. It also gives you the benefit of connecting with others and also making a difference to those around you. If you would like to help out in any way, or even if you have a specific place in mind, why not check out the website and see what you can do for those who need it most. Generally, once you contact the organisation, they will explain to you how you can get involved and provide you with all the information for you to get started.
For instance, for those living in and around my area, the Garden City library is one of the places listed on the Do Something Near You website where you can actually volunteer to deliver books to seniors, organise a book club or even be a storyteller. The library has 10 million members and has over 183 million borrowings a year, so it is one place that definitely needs your assistance. And there are plenty of other associations and organisations, ranging from the Lions Club to the Salvos, who need your help.
So to assist those in need or to just lend a helping hand in your community, please visit www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au or visit any of the ALDI stores for more information, the official partner of the Do Something Near You initiative. Also note that this new initiative campaigns for a number of causes as well, in addition to the main Do Something Near You project; so for their latest campaign as well as others, please visit the website.