International Day of Charity occurred at the beginning of the month, but many worthy charities in Waldorf could benefit from what you have to offer — whether it be donating time, money, or supplies — year-round. Let’s take a look at what charity actually is, how it benefits you and who you’re serving, and a few places to get involved.
What Is Charity?
The dictionary has several definitions for the word “charity.” The word can refer to an institution or organization that provides for the needy. It also can mean a gift given for the charitable purposes. But it also has the broader meaning of goodwill toward humanity.
The Benefits of Charity
One of the best things about charity is that the benefits aren’t just for the recipient. There are also many benefits for those who are charitable to others. One of the most significant is that it makes you feel good. And this isn’t just talk. An actual scientific study conducted by the National Institutes of Health showed that participants who chose to donate a portion of $100 that they were given experienced activated pleasure centers in their brains.
Giving of yourself to help others in need can also build your awareness of the world around you and foster your personal growth. This is especially true if you find a cause you really believe in or one that is making a real impact on people’s lives, animals, the environment, or, since you know what you are passionate about, why don’t you fill in the blank?
4 Charities in Waldorf that Could Use Your Help
If you’re not sure where to begin on your charitable journey, try starting in your own community. After all, there are numerous charities right here in Waldorf that need volunteers and donations. Here are four of our favorites:
Charles County Children’s Aid Society
This organization has been helping area children and their families since 1934. It provides a food pantry, which has been operating for 50 years, clothing, personal care items, and baby items to needy families with children under the age of 18. The group accepts monetary donations on its website and lets you make the donation in honor or memory of a loved one. The Society also accepts donations of items. Among its current needs are school supplies, Christmas toys and stocking stuffers, and baby items and formula. You can also volunteer to do things like sort donated items and stock food shelves. To give or learn more, visit their website.
The Arnold House
This grassroots organization helps the homeless and hungry in Southern Maryland. You can donate money on the group’s website or volunteer. Volunteering activities include things like help in its soup kitchen or pack food bags. Visit their website to donate or learn more.
Humane Society of Charles County
This no-kill shelter cares for homeless, injured, and neglected animals. It accepts monetary donations and is also in need of volunteers. Volunteers can foster animals and help with tasks ranging from dog walking to grounds maintenance. For a volunteer application or to donate, check out their website.
Charles County Literacy Council, Inc.
The Charles County Literacy Council provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults in the areas of reading, basic math, and English for non-English speakers. You can take a training course to be a volunteer tutor or you can also donate your time to help with tasks like office work or helping to plan and present workshops. To donate or learn more about volunteering, visit Charles County Literacy Council online.
We Hope We’ve Helped You Find a Worthy Cause to Support!
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