Just in case my previous suggestions of activities just wasn’t enough or maybe they just weren’t the sort of things that tickle your fancy. Here is a couple more suggestions of things to do over the long summer months. We all know money is tight these days so if you can’t help charities with your couple of euro why don’t you give your time instead. Here are some different choices.
The Society of St Vincent De Paul is a charity which helps out the poor and needy. It’s not all doom and gloom however and they do run some summer camp-esque holidays for kids and teenagers and kids such as Onzam House and Teenhols. Teenhols is a five-day break for 15 to 17 year olds to Baltinglass. They are looking for volunteers this year to help out. Unfortunately for this you probably need to previously have been or are a member of SVP as there is Garda vetting and child protection requirements of this type of activities. For more information and specifics of the camp email email@example.com
The Dublin Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals is another charity that is always looking for a helping hand wherever they can find it. The charity runs a program of either regular or periodic volunteering. The re-homing and rescue center is a half mile to mile walk from the nearest bus stop so you need to be dedicated if you don’t have a car. If you don’t want to help out in the center there are plenty of other ways to help out. You could help do some dog walking or you could even foster your very own needy animal for a while. Don’t forget to ask your Parents or landlord first though or you may end up as a homeless crazy cat lady. The first step to get started is to register on their website and then after an orientation hopefully you can get stuck in.
3. Amnesty International
Amnesty International is an agency dedicated to the protection of Human Rights and attempts to lobby government and organizations alike to help remedy abuses. Amnesty is always looking for volunteers to help out and fund-raise for them. You can take part in some of their own events or you could go the CV boosting route of organizing your very own event. The zanier your idea the better but remember you have the organization’s name to uphold so no shennaganns. If that’s not your style signing up as a member and helping out some of their petitions is very worthwhile. They do pay volunteer’s expenses so you wont ever be out-of-pocket. For more information check out their volunteers page
3. Give Blood
While this is not an activity that will keep you occupied for any great period of time it is still a worthwhile dedication of your time. In Ireland one in every four of use will need a n=blood transfusion at some stage in our lives, you never know it might be you that needs one. Over 3,000 donors are needed every week to keep the blood supplies topped up and only 3% of the population actually donates. Help increase that percentage b heading to either the permanent clinic on D’Oiler st or your local clinic. You can find out clinic times and locations here. There are very strict conditions imposed on blood donations so don’t be disappointed if you can’t donate this time, Be glad you made the effort, grab some of the goodies they have there and drag all your friends down next time. My favorite bit is finding out my blood type and all the different things that make my blood spacial. You’ll never know till you try….