Hundreds of thousands of people use MLK Day as an opportunity to start their year off the right way. In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all the good he did for his communities, we celebrate by offering our services to our own community. There are plenty of ways to volunteer, however here are some of the top activities you can do with your senior loved one if they’re healthy and active enough to participate.
Visit Your Local Soup Kitchen
One of the best ways to give back to your community is by giving out food for those who need it. Local food shelters are always looking for volunteers to hand out meals. It’s also a great opportunity to take part in the anti-hunger movement. Far too many people wake up and go to bed hungry. By volunteering at a soup kitchen, you’re providing yourself the opportunity to be thankful for everything in your life, because not all of us are fortunate to have the luxuries that we may take for grant it at time. For instance, not all of us get to enjoy a fresh meal before bed. Not all of us get to enjoy breakfast. Offer your time and your service at a food shelter. You and your senior loved one will get so much out of it.
Visit Your Local Place of Worship
Religion is very important for many older adults. If your senior loved enjoys going to church functions, then it may be a good idea to volunteer at their local church. Most places of worship gain income strictly from donations from their community, and there’s a lot of upkeep that’s required to maintain it. Therefore, they appreciate anyone who is willing to help out. Take a ride down to your senior loved one’s place of worship. There are numerous tasks that can be accomplished from organizing songbooks, to reordering prayer books, and even teaching young children about their religion. It’s another great volunteering opportunity that you and your senior loved one will enjoy together.
Be a Companion
Even the smallest acts of kindness can contribute in a grand scale. Offering your time to someone who is lonely can be a great service. Perhaps there’s another older adult in the community who is not fortunate enough to have a caregiver or a family member with them during the day. Go visit them. Martin Luther King Jr. was an ambassador for his community. He went and reached out to people who wanted to be heard. He gave a voice to those who had none, so by having a conversation with someone who doesn’t always get the opportunity to speak to another person, can do a world of good. Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a specific organization or task. Brightening someone’s day can be just as important.
It’s no secret that as we age we become less active. However, that doesn’t mean we have to sit around idly. That doesn’t mean we can no longer do good in the world. Volunteering doesn’t mean hard, intensive labor. It’s to simply make a difference; an opportunity everyone, no matter their age, can do.
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