If you have free time and are looking for an idea that makes sense socially, you could help some people in need—who may be lonely, older, or in a weakened condition—to accomplish tasks that may be difficult for them to do.
It happens that some people find themselves both totally isolated and unable (or with great difficulty) to perform certain daily tasks. This is the case, for example, for the elderly, the mentally or physically handicapped, those immobilized after an accident, victims of trauma, burn-out, or depression, single mothers who have just given birth, etc. And even if it is true that some help exists in various forms in many countries, there is still too little.
Many of these people find themselves alone and without any friends or family members to help them. This solitude is a burden to which the difficulty of not being sufficiently autonomous is added. This was the case, for example, for one of my neighbors who, despite his relative youth, suffered from a mental deficiency that was very disabling but not considered severe enough to be eligible for social assistance. So, my brother and I took care of him for several years, in exchange for which he gave us some money that helped us a lot during our studies.
The tasks to be carried out differ according to each case, so they can be very varied:
- Going to the supermarket to do the weekly shopping.
- Cleaning the apartment.
- Washing clothes and ironing.
- Accompanying the person to the doctor.
- Helping to fill out the administrative forms.
- Repairing the toaster.
- Hanging pictures on the wall.
- Reading to the person.
- Watching a movie together on TV or in the theater.
- And so on.
All these things that we do every day without realizing it are sometimes real challenges for these people. That’s why even a few hours per month can really help them.
So, of course, this is not something you do for money. The incomes of these people are often quite low, so it is difficult to count at the right price each hour spent helping them. But if you are generous by nature, inclined to help those in need, and if your karma is more important than the money you earn, then go for it.
How to contact them?
There are certainly isolated people in need in your area. To find them, you can, for example, put an ad in the local newspaper, use word of mouth, print and distribute small papers in the mailboxes of your neighborhood, or even ask at the hospital near you.
Be careful, though, because there are some pretty “heavy” cases that require real medical qualifications or other special skills. Also, caring for someone involves real responsibility, so if you decide to do it, do it seriously.
This article was written from the testimony of a friend who wished to remain anonymous (and who was obviously too lazy to write it).
Environmental and climate change issues are more than ever at the heart of the concerns of this 21st century, which is why I am proposing a few ideas that will enable you to limit the negative impact that the implementation of this idea could have.
These solutions that I suggest are sometimes largely insufficient to compensate for these negative impacts, such as carbon offsetting. Unfortunately, there is not always an ideal and 100% efficient solution, far from it. And if you have others, please do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.
Reducing the environmental impact of this idea depends mostly on the type of tasks you will be doing for these people. But overall, it is very low. Just stay alert and see what you could do or change (transportation, shopping at the supermarket, etc.). The task can be delicate as these people sometimes have a very low income and therefore almost no choice.
- An activity that really makes sense. It is always rewarding to feel useful and to help others.
- Low income. But you don’t do it for the money, right?
- Location: Near your home.
- Investment: None, except maybe a subscription to public transport.
- Earnings perspective: Quite low.
- Required: Be available and open-minded, have a sense of responsibility, psychology, patience, and above all the desire to help others.
- Risk level: None.
- Implementation time: Quickly if you search well.