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In challenging times there are still ways for you to help your community without spending a cent. Here are some simple and meaningful ways to give back to your community.
1. Donate your time
One of the most effective ways of giving back is volunteering your time. Your time is valuable and gifting it can make a world of difference in the lives of many. Although many places to volunteer at are currently closed, you can still volunteer for our Meals on Wheels Service. Help deliver meals to our most vulnerable community members.
2. Check in with your neighbours
The first step in helping your neighbour is to figure out what things will be most helpful to them, and there's no better place to start than by asking! Offers could include helping take out their bins to the curb on bin nights, grocery delivery or even sharing your internet access. Sometimes, just letting them know you're up for a (socially distanced) chat is all they may need.
3. Plant a tree
Trees are essential not only for the environment but for us as well, especially at a time when air pollution is a growing issue. Trees produce oxygen, release and absorb water, as well as absorb carbon dioxide. With each tree planted, we decrease toxicity in addition to encouraging wildlife and wellness to thrive.
Whenever you recycle used materials like plastic, these materials are then converted into new products. This is so important to our environment because it reduces pollution and the need to use up more natural resources.
These days, you can even recycle your soft plastics. The REDcycle Program makes it easy for residents to keep plastic bags and packaging out of landfill.
5. Clean-up your local park
While you're outdoors exercising, you could make your local area more welcoming by picking up rubbish or pulling some weeds. Your neighbours and the environment will thank you!
6. Donate blood
This has become essential now more than ever, as fewer Australians are donating blood than usual. Donor centres have implemented new measures to ensure the safety of staff, donors and patients receiving transfusions during this time.
Check if you're eligible to donate, and find your closest blood donation centre here.
7. Become an organ donor
In just a few minutes, you can register online to become an organ and tissue donor. One day, you could save the life of someone currently in need of an organ transplant.