Depending where you are in your recovery, helping others can be a remarkable support. Some folks struggle with how to do that without money or time or a desire to leave the house. True service requires something of the server, but you alone know how much you have to give. Don’t overdo it, but maybe you just thought you didn’t have anything to share.
Here are some websites where you can offer come love even when you don’t feel like you have much to give.
The Comfort Spot
Folks write in anonymously about a problem for which they want comfort. Then you can offer it. And of course, you can write in about an issue as well. It’s designed for non-professionals. I know that it can mean a lot to know that you have the power to make someone’s day better.
Free Minds Book Club
In DC, there is no state prison. So all prison inmates (not folks being held temporarily in jail) are sent all over the place. This includes juveniles. As a result, kids aren’t able to be visited by their families or friends during their incarceration. And while they’re there because they’ve made mistakes, the hope is that they will serve their time and then go on the become a law-abiding member of society—a difficult transition without support. So Free Minds offers some by holding book clubs in prisons and teaching kids about poetry. Their poetry is put up on line by workshop leaders for anyone to comment on. You don’t have to be an expert in poetry. Just offering words of support and sharing how the poem impacted you means a lot. The success stories are really inspiring.
This site is not without controversy. And I think there are more efficient ways to donate food to people. However, if you don’t have the means or ability to participate in those ways, click away. Free Rice does donate rice and is endorsed by the World Food Programme.
I’ve used this website for years for so many different purposes. Basically, you enter the type of issue or population you’re interested in, as well as the type of commitment you can make (one time activity for 20 teenagers or weekly activity for one adult who likes seniors, for example) and out come suggestions with contact information. The link I’ve included are for virtual volunteer opportunities, which you can refine as needed.
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Last reviewed: 24 Apr 2014