I know, “many hands make light work” is a cliche, obvious, and generally unhelpful reminder. Especially when it comes to service. It can be very difficult to get buy in for the same thing that about which you are passionate to serve. However, this is not a suggestion to serve with friends (which is awesome), or a list of ways that groups can serve (which I will provide in another post). Rather, instead of suggesting a way that you can change the world this week, I wanted to provide you with a couple of online tools that can make service, specifically service that would otherwise drain one individual, a shockingly easy task
- Lots A Helping HandsLotsAHelpingHands is an online tool which allows people in need to post their needs to a community that their loved ones and supporters elect to join. Then, community members can sign up to fill these needs easily. This has so many benefits. For one, the person in need doesn’t need to go through the awkward process of asking for help from individuals that may or may not be available. Furthermore, people that want to help can see what is actually needed, instead of just sending flowers because they don’t know what else to do.
I have a good friend battling cancer for which this website has been a game changer. When she is not feeling well enough to stay at her own place and so spends the night at her parents’ home, she simply post the need of “feed my cats”, and someone fills it. When she is bored from being home sick, she post the need of “girl time” and someone shows up on her couch with romantic comedies. It is a wonderful tool. If you are or you know someone in need, I would highly suggests this tool.
- Sign Up GeniusIt may seem obvious to some, but I just want to make sure you guys know about this tool. On it, you can create online sign ups and schedules for a variety of events. However, the most world-changing way to utilize this tool that I have found is to use it to easily automate the group service project process. I used it at least once a week when I had a role that required me to set up several large-scale service projects for fellow college students.
Basically, you go through their wizard and it allows you to send an event invitation and instructions for sign up to anyone you want. Then, it notifies you when the project is full. Also, you can elect to send automated reminders to people as the event approaches, which is SUPER helpful if you’re dealing with a group such as college students, who may forget anything that isn’t printed on a syllabus.
- RazooLast, but not least, Razoo. If you’re familiar with GoFundMe, then the concept of Razoo will not come as a surprise. Basically, it is a crowd funding sight for world-changing causes and ideas. Unlike most other crowd funding platforms, however, it does not take any of the money given. It is a great way to find unique places to donate, and an even better way to raise money for your unique cause.
An example of how I have used Razoo is to create a campaign for a friend and neighbor whose mother needed help with medical expenses. Her mom was able to afford the treatment she needed ONLY because of this tool. For that, I am very grateful.
I hope that you find these online tools as helpful for changing the world as I do! Have a wonderful week!