Hi folks, J.G. Wentworth here. While most of our blogs talk about financial matters – specifically, how to get the money owed to you out of your structured settlement or annuity and into your own pocket
sooner– today we would like to talk about something completely different. Today, we’d like to talk about all of the ways you can volunteer your time to help others.
The reality is that most folks around this great country of ours would love to volunteer some of their time to helping others. They know that giving as little as an hour or two a week, can provide immense support to those in need. They also know that volunteering to help others is, in most cases, so immensely satisfying as to be truly priceless.
The problem for such people usually becomes exactly where to offer that help, and how to take that first step towards becoming a volunteer. With that in mind, here is just a short list of some places we know are always looking for a helping hand.
– Boys and Girls Clubs
All around the country, Boys and Girls Clubs offer today’s underprivileged youth, education and career programs, character-building exercises, and health and life skills. They are constantly searching for volunteers to interact with children and guide them towards becoming responsible, educated, and self-sufficient adults.
– Senior Citizen Centers and Nursing Homes
Many of the elderly are lost and forgotten in today’s society. Contact a local senior citizen center or nursing home and see just how much joy you can bring to the faces of the elderly as you read to them, take them on walks, play games, or simply lend an ear and some companionship.
– Animal Shelters
Are you an animal lover? There are untold thousands of neglected and abused animals living in shelters looking for comfort and care.
Just about every hospital in this country has a volunteer division looking for people to give of themselves and provide nonmedical support to the ill.
– Family/Homeless Shelters and Soup Kitchens
Our economy, quite frankly, has yet to recover from the 2008 financial debacle, leaving families around the country in dire need of food and shelter. Reach out to one in your local community and help those whose circumstances made a sudden turn for the worse and have yet to recover.
– Public Parks and Museums
Parks and museums are constantly on the lookout for volunteers to lead tours, conduct walks, or provide other essential caretaking roles.
– Be Creative: There Is Always a Need for Someone with Your Specific Talents
Last, but certainly not least, is to do some self-reflection and consider what you are good at and enjoy doing. Is it sports? Music? Storytelling? Caring for children, or caring for adults? Whatever your talent and passion, there is an organization out there that will allow you to share it with the less needy. All you have to do is find it!
We hope that the above list gives you a great start on thinking about ways you can help others. Here at J.G. Wentworth, we know that it truly is better to give than to receive, and we are confident that, should you embark on this journey towards volunteering your time, you will truly receive rewards that go far, far beyond any financial measure. And as always, please feel free to call us anytime to discuss selling your structured settlement or annuity payments at 877-227-4713.