If you are familiar with this column, you know that you aren’t limited to one day to make a difference. You also know that it doesn’t take a great sum of money, time, or effort to do so. But if you are participating in the October 26 event, consider expanding your good deed to doing some minor things throughout the year.
In the past, volunteers have weatherproofed homes, performed clean-ups for roads and parks, beautified blighted areas, and selected large projects to assist individuals with special needs. Some of these activities are one-time options, but many can be expanded into a more frequent act of kindness toward your fellow man.
- If you are volunteering to weather proof a house for someone who is unable to do so, ask permission to come back again to:
- Stop by monthly to see if the yard needs clearing of debris
- Caulk or paint trim for needed touch-ups
- Walk around the property for maintenance issues
- Help clear gutters of fallen leaves
- Cover outdoor furniture
- Take good weather items inside for storage in the garage
- Rake leaves to bag or mulch
- Help decorate by bringing a fall or winter wreath to place on the door
If you are planting trees or bulbs:
- Visit when appropriate to add fertilizer to use on plants or trees
- Re-pot as necessary
- Decorate the tree or shrub for holidays
If you are performing clean-up for public areas:
- Schedule a time to routinely check the area for trash and bring a bag along for disposal
- Enlist the help of others to assist you (family, Girl or Boy Scout troops, friends, people in the park or area on the day you do clean-up, etc.)
Remember that many things, including large projects, require maintenance or are not one-time occurrences. Extending your good deed or just doing something every day to make this world a better place is something we can all do…and should.