Some things that I can do to make the world a better place is by going on volunteer trips. Organizations such as Youthlinc can help me volunteer around the world, especially in third world countries. I can also do stuff locally, like volunteer at the homeless shelter, donating food to the food bank and encouraging friends and family to do the same. Later in life, I could develop/ help develop programs, technologies, and cures that will help people. I can donate to organizations that are working on cures for cancer, heart disease, and AIDs. But one of the most important things that I can do is helping the people that I know, especially when they are in times of need and support. It is like the concept of paying it forward, if I help someone when they are having a rough time, they can pay it forward to someone else that needs help and the cycle continues.
What I want to know about it is learn about new ways that I can make a difference that I didn’t know about before. I am talking about possible new places to volunteer, new places to donate, and other options that allow me to help other people.
One way that I came across that could help potentially save another person’s life is bone marrow donations. A bone marrow transplant takes healthy blood-forming cells from the donor and transfers them to the patient. Often this is the only treatment for diseases such as like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia (National Marrow Donor Program, 2017). Just by simply signing up with the registry, you could have the potential to save someone’s life. Another way that I could help people is by donating my used clothes. The Salvation Army is a great organization that takes donated clothes and sells them at family stores. The funds from the sales go directly to rehabilitation centers that help those suffering from addiction find hope and a chance at a second life (Salvation Army, 2017).
- National Marrow Donor Program, 2017, https://bethematch.org/transplant-basics/how-transplants-work/
- Salvation Army, 2017, https://satruck.org/
Hey Koji I really liked that Youthlinc trip. Here is some more trips you can do:
Koji this is a great post and I’m very happy you are interested in making a change in this world through volunteering and helping those in need. The opportunities you listed are very great and I’m sure your participation would help many people but there are hundreds or thousands of other volunteer organizations that would love your help. The bone marrow transplant is a vary serious type of operation and I’ve heard it is extremely painful. That is a very intense way of giving back to your community but if your really into it, I’m sure they would appreciate it. Currently I’m volunteering at the VA hospital and it has been an amazing experience. I highly recommend helping out here if you are interested in medicine or just meeting our veterans. https://www.volunteer.va.gov