Do Something for Someone Else This Week

There’s a saying that what goes around comes around, and I have first hand experience of benefiting from acts of kindness.  I constantly look for ways to help others and so it returns to me when I least expect it.

There is a sense of satisfaction in giving something to others when you do not expect to receive anything in return.  Two things happen, the first is if you don’t expect anything it is a lovely surprise when something is given to you in return, secondly there seems to be some wordly credit machine that pays out to you at other times.

So how can you help others this week?  Think about that for a moment.  Is there something you can do for someone else, freely and willingly, without expecting anything in return?

Sometimes it can be a simple thing, maybe holding a door open for someone who has their arms full, perhaps you can take something to someone who needs it, like a cup of coffee and a sandwich to the Big Issue seller on the corner or the homeless person you see at the bus stop each day.  Or maybe there is something bigger you can do.

How about getting involved in volunteering for a charity?  Most people think volunteering is time consuming and they won’t be able to do it.  But most charities would be so grateful for just a couple of hours a week or even a month.

I volunteer wherever possible.  I am in a small group of people and together we raise money for animal rescues.  We do anything we can to raise a little at a time then twice a year we allocate the money to our chosen rescues.  It’s small scale events that we don’t have to worry about too much rather than putting in big amounts of effort for one grand event.

I also drive the minibus for our local old people’s day care centre, Heritage House.  I volunteer once a week and pick up the attendees from their homes and take them to the centre, then return them in the afternoon.  They are always short handed and volunteers on the bus often only do one day a month, but 40 people volunteering would cover two on the bus every day each month.

I have recently started a new volunteering position.  I go once a week to an animal sanctuary and help with the horses, chickens and sheep.  I feed them in the morning and clean up after them.  Just one day a week for about 2 hours.  It’s great to be out in the fresh air and around horses, which I love.  At the moment we are fund raising for some new land for the project.  The increased space will enable the project to help more animals and expand their work with children too.  The charity is called A Change of Scene For Children and they work hard to introduce children to animals.  They work closely with local youth organisations and currently even have a Duke of Edinburgh participant volunteering for them for the community part of their award. If you would like to donate to their grazing appeal fund please click here to go to the fund raising page.  They also have an Amazon wishlist running which you can find here.  All donations are so very needed at this worthwhile project.

Of course if you feel you have no time to spare for volunteering you can always donate to charity.  I make one off donations from time to time but I also donate goods by participating in appeals.  I particularly like shoe box appeals that come around Christmas time.  I enjoy filling shoe boxes with items for both people and animals.  At the moment I have been filling rucksacks for The Rucksack Project for the homeless in Birmingham.  I ride out sometimes with a group of trikers and we are thinking of duplicating it up north as a group project.

On a weekly basis I give about 4-5 hours of my time to volunteering.  It isn’t much out of my life really and I know how very much it helps.  Maybe you could spare a bit of time for a local project, or if not why not donate in some other way.

Enjoy the journey!

47 Comments

  • Michael
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    Reply Reply March 25, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    It was very uplifting to read your post. You are using your time very effectively – spending 4-5 hours a week, you are engaged in so many charitable acts.

    Your post is very inspiring and is reminder to me. Thank you for the nudge!

    –Michael

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 25, 2016

      Hi Michael, thanks for visiting. In my opinion everyone has time to volunteer, most just don’t think they do. A great deal of projects would be so grateful for just an hour or two a month let alone a week. Some of my colleagues on the old peoples bus for example only do it one day each month. Not much to give, is it.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • sazia kazia

    Reply Reply March 25, 2016

    Hi Mandy Allen, So kind of you. You are doing very good job for the sake of human beings. Great work keep it up..
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 25, 2016

      Hi Sazia, thanks for visiting. We can all give a little to someone else, but mostly it’s seen as either not worth it or too time consuming, but it isn’t, really it isn’t.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Joan M Harrington
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    Reply Reply March 25, 2016

    Hi Mandy 🙂

    Great share! That is so awesome of you to volunteer your time to help……good for you! Being able to donate is a great way to give back to help as well! I am personally working on that one 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your awesome post! Feels so good to help someone else 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 26, 2016

      Hi Joan, thanks for visiting. I think the biggest problem is everyone sees everything as having to be so big, but the reality is, even with donations of money or goods, if everyone gave just a little it would add up to a lot. For example, I have something like 300 friends on Facebook, just imagine if each of those friends gave just £1 to the same charity – they’d be over the moon! And a pound is half the price of a cup of coffee out somewhere. Very affordable, don’t you think?

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Hi Mandy ,
    you do very well if you have the opportunity to do good work for others.
    You are right ,we always get back when we not expect . this is my experience as well. In our time, people focus too much on themselves only and wonder
    why their life is getting negative and full of struggle. Giving always keeps us in a high energy ,because it gives us a good feeling and this attracts more good in our life.
    To live a fulfilled life we need to be generous and giving.
    Thank you
    Erika
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2016

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. Indeed there are great things that come back to you when you give your time to something freely.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sonal Talwar
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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    A wonderful and an inspiring post!

    you are really doing a great job – working for the humanity. I also feel that even if we can do little for others, we should.

    Thanks for sharing great ideas!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2016

      Hi Sonal, thanks for visiting. You are right, we should all do a little something, no need to do anywhere near as much as me, but every little helps.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Mary Sloane
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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    You are definitely an inspiration.

    Working 4-5 hours a week for someone else as a volunteer is a tremendous contribution to your community, and to yourself. It is sad that so many people don’t realize how much that can contribute to themselves as well.

    Congratulations on finding the discipline and time to make such a difference You really should found a movement on this powerful opportunity.

    I regularly take items to thrift shops, as I know they can help others. So far that is as good as it has gotten and I make meals for my family to be sure we stay connected and helping one another.

    To the top

    Mary
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2016

      Hi Mary, thanks for visiting. As I said before, every little helps, and yes, I am very disciplined about my volunteering time. I make sure it is firmly in my schedule for any given week, I believe so strongly in the importance of doing something for no reward to help out others. Well done for taking things to thrift, many don’t even find time for that.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Edward Thorpe
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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Uh, you’re just too good to hang with the likes of me… 😉

    Inspiring post, though and I enjoyed the glimpse into your personal life. Also liked the image of an Duke of Edinburgh out there shoveling dung.

    I’m co-partnered in a number of groups who regularly raise funds for assorted local & national groups. Enjoy doing good and the camaraderie with other volunteers.
    Edward
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2016

      Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. Excellent that you are part of a fund raising group. They are so much fun and it’s much better to do these things together with others. Keep up the good work!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Donna Merrill
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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    You sure do your part in volunteering and have inspired us all. Indeed, what goes around comes around lol.

    It’s been a while since I had the good fortune to volunteer. The last time was at a food bank. It was the most uplifting experience to do the smallest things setting up. Then meeting all the wonderful people who needed food that was donated to us by local farmers and a large food chain.

    I haven’t had the time or opportunity lately, but I do give donations to religious organizations I am part of. And…there is always time for prayer for others.

    -Donna

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. A food bank! Something I have always wanted to do, it’s on my list! Well done you!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Emi

    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    What a beautiful post. It’s interesting how this works, you do something for someone but the reality is you are doing it mostly for yourself, because feels good. Thank you for sharing!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Emi, thanks for visiting. There is certainly some truth in that statement!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Kathryn Maclean
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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    You are an inspiration! How wonderful a spirit you have.
    I have a popular dog’s page on facebook and I am inspired to find a local animal shelter that I might be able to help with the page. This would give great help to an area that I care about. Dogs.

    My husband has recently lost his Mom who lived 8 years in a nursing home. I don’t think he ever thought of volunteering there. I will give him your article and see it he thinks of doing that.

    Things that you do for others without any thought of any return is wonderful. Kindness is always the right thing to do. Thank you for your article.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting. I volunteer at a dog rescue giving the dogs Reiki healing. It’s a brilliant thing to do, helping animals, as they can do so little for themselves, it’s up to us to help them! My mum goes to the old people’s day centre I volunteer for. It’s a really lovely experience to share with her too.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Jacs Henderson
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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Volunteering is a very kind thing to do. I don’t do anything official at the present time, but do give to charity.

    I really like the hands on approach to helping people, and am always looking for small ways to help or brighten the days of people I see around when I am out.

    I am looking forward to the time I am able to ‘get involved’ in something local.
    Super subject 🙂

    ~ Jacs
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Jacs, thanks for visiting. As I said in the post, even a little will help a lot. If we all could do just a little it would be so much. You’ll get such a lot out of it too!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Lesly T. Federici
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    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Wow Mandy!
    LOVE seeing all these comments 🙂 I think doing something for someone else is an aphrodisiac .. it does the heart good and the response you get can be magical .. wonderful post my friend 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. Yes it does indeed make the heart glad. I wish everyone could feel a bit of that then they would do it more!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    Reply Reply March 28, 2016

    Mandy,

    You are certainly inspiring me to think about how I can help others this week. A few weeks ago, while wearing a wrist wrap to soothe my aching wrist, the owner of the coffee shop asked where I had gotten that. I told her “CVS” but then after lunch I went to CVS myself and bought it for her and returned to give it to her – an unexpected gift – and that made me feel so good to do.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Erica, thanks for visiting. Pass it on, as they say, good for you! I love the suspended coffee movement too and the way it passes on a gift to others. It also means I don’t feel so bad going into a place that supports suspended coffees if I need some and don’t have any cash with me!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply March 28, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Just reading your post gave me a great feeling in reading what all you do to volunteer to help wherever you are needed.

    I am unable to get out to volunteer but I do try to do something for someone when I am out and about.

    Thanks so much for the ideas. Maybe some of them I can check on and Mom and I can do something. She has Alzheimer’s but she’s so bored being at the house all of the time. She used to volunteer on her own but she can’t be left alone any longer.

    Have a great week.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. The shoe boxes are always a great thing to do as you can store them for donation in the future. For example, Christmas is a great time for these as a lot of project ask for them for children and the items inside you collect now can be non perishable and you can pop some chocolate in at the time of donation. Here our local animal shelters for strays ask for these and stockings for the dogs and cats in their care. Spend some time talking about and planning what to put into your boxes then go out and look. I find a lot of items in charity shops so I’m supporting a charity by donating to another charity! Have fun with whatever you choose to do!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Robin Khokhar
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    Reply Reply March 28, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    You are really doing a great job. Just can’t wait to share this post. And I am inspired by this amazing post of yours.
    thanks for sharing.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 28, 2016

      Hi Robin, thanks for visiting. I think we can all inspire each other by sharing what we do and how we do it. As I say in the post I think many people do not volunteer as they see it as too time consuming or too much of a commitment. Every little helps though.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Joy Healey
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    Reply Reply March 29, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Well – you’ve sparked off a whole series of revelations about volunteering and good deeds, which is brilliant.

    Since before the start of the year I have been volunterring most weeks at a local dog-rescue centre, walking and cuddling them. I still can’t believe they don’t charge me a fortune for doing it 🙂

    I’m also looking to get involved with a local foodbank to do my bit for humans too.

    My son has just moved to Norwich and is hoping to settle down to a more rural area. So far he’s very impressed with he friendliness and help he’s had from his new beighbours.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 29, 2016

      Hi Joy, thanks for visiting. I live in North Norfolk so Norwich is my ‘local’ city. It’s really encouraging to see so many people do actually volunteer. I have loved reading about all the different things others are doing in their spare time. Good for you for helping out too!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Debarpan Mukherjee
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    Reply Reply March 30, 2016

    Well after reading this complete blog post, I will just say It’s awesome.Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog post.Would love to share this out it my friends,very inspiring post.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 31, 2016

      Hi Debarpen, thanks for visiting. Glad you like the post, and hope it inspires many people.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sonia
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    Reply Reply March 30, 2016

    Hi Mandy!

    My first time visiting your site and what a great post to land on! You are an inspiration!

    I don’t currently have time to spare to volunteer (except babysitting my granddaughter two days a week to give my daughter some childcare fee relief!) but I do donate on a monthly basis with food to those in need.

    My husbands aunt recently visited from the US and she told great stories of her volunteering activities since her retirement. It sounds wonderful and I cannot wait until I can get out to do it too!

    Good on you 🙂

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 31, 2016

      Hi Sonia, thanks for visiting. I do hope you keep coming back! Glad you enjoyed the post, doing anything for others without reward is such a great reward in itself. Good for you for supporting those in need with food!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sue Bride
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    Reply Reply April 2, 2016

    I’ve always done some kind of volunteering since I was 16 when a group of us would do painting and wallpapering for the elderly.

    A bit later I volunteered at group homes for disabled children. Little was I to know that this experience was to be valuable with one of my own children who has a disability.

    These days I do most charity work online – building and running websites, online support groups, and raising awareness. With the web you can help out internationally. I now leave all the running around to those younger than me 🙂

    I’ve always found it very rewarding. I’m not keen on running fundraising drives though!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 5, 2016

      Hi Sue, thanks for visiting. How fantastic! You star! I started volunteering as a young person too and it set a pattern for the rest of my life. I believe all young people should be encouraged to volunteer then they would carry it forward into adulthood, I’m sure. I think fund raising is one of the hardest things to do. I fund raise for a number of animal rescues and we are constantly challenged by it. It’s a hard job to do.

      Keep up the good work!

      Enjoy the journey!

      • Sue Bride
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        Reply Reply April 7, 2016

        I agree that volunteering needs to be encouraged early on in life and as parents we can set the example for our children. When mine were young they’d have to come along with me to some things so they got first hand experience. My daughter has taken it further than me by doing volunteer working in developing countries, once in a gap year from college and the last time by using up all her annual leave plus more.
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  • Richard Seaton
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    Reply Reply April 5, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    I agree with you completely that the secret of success is to do what you love to do and give it out freely. We needn’t concern ourselves with the mechanics of cause and effect – they are far too complicated anyway.

    You said “how can you help others this week?” Of course, you are right there. Everything we do comes from that place, and the universe keeps us safe when we do that. I was a chiropractor for 30 years, and it was always about easing discomfort. I’m not special there, though. It’s just about the mindset and losing the fear, isn’t it?

    I wrote a post last week called ‘Finding Your Passion’ which was a light-bulb moment of true realisation for me. In fact I couldn’t stop myself from sharing it. Not from a ‘look what I wrote’ point of view, but from a ‘we are all in tune with everything’ . We have to find that passion before we start the business, not after. So many folks get it the wrong way round.

    Best wishes – I’ll be back
    Ricahrd Seaton
    The Ninja Blogger

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 5, 2016

      Hi Richard, thanks for visiting. I think you have hit the nail on the head. Was talking to someone this morning about people who are stuck doing things they hate. You said it, find what you love and do it! And giving freely is one of the greatest gifts you can give to others.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Raphael Udonna
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    Reply Reply April 8, 2016

    Hello Mandy,

    You’re indeed a very charitable person and i like that alot. I have volunteered previously to work in the some rural areas for a Health Facility Assessment as organized by an NGO and to say the least, the experience was worth a lifetime.

    I could see things the way they really were, not some kind of movies or TV documentary, i was abe to interact with mothers and children, listen to their pain and complaint and of course report back to the NGO.

    I guess those were the best days of my life. I really like to help people out, i feel esteemed when someone considers me the right person to ask a favour.

    I also like to help out when i sense the need even without being asked to, indeed there is this satisfaction that comes with giving without expecting anything in return.

    I’m very glad you wrote on this subject.
    Keep Giving 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Hi Raphael, thanks so much for visiting, it is always great to meet new people here! How great that you got to participate in such a worthwhile project. I agree with you that hands on experience cannot be beaten! Keep up the good work!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply April 11, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    This is my first time on this blog and I can see how much your blog is making a difference. You are so right and no one who does good after regrets it.

    I do a lot of volunteer work for my community. Despite my busy schedule, I try to help out in the best way I can. I have seen people being relieved and happy because some cared.

    Thanks for sharing and nice meeting you. Take Care
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. New readers are always welcome! Sometimes we need to be reminded of how much good we can do in the world with just the simplest of gestures. Writing about it means more people will think about what they do and how they can impact on others’ lives. Well done for all your voluntary work too, we can all make a little time for others in our busy schedules.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
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    Reply Reply April 17, 2016

    You and I have many things in common and are in agreement on many things. I, myself, believe strongly in Karma and paying “it” forward. 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Elise, thanks for visiting. Karma is one of those things that you only really ‘get’ if you’ve been on the receiving end of it. I sincerely believe that good things create more good things.

      Enjoy the journey!

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