Volunteering sounds like a big word, like a lot of effort, but it can start very small, even with less than 5 minutes of time. Because sometimes you don’t need much more than a little extra step or a little extra attention to bring something positive into the world.
In this post, you’ll find 10 ideas to easily incorporate a 5-minute volunteering into your life and daily routine.
10 IDEAS FOR YOUR VOLUNTEERING IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES
PICK UP LITTER
We encounter litter everywhere. On pavements, in parks or in tree grates. By picking it up as you walk by and throwing it into the nearest bin, you help to make your neighbourhood and your favourite places more beautiful again.
PLANT TREES DURING YOUR ONLINE SEARCH
Internet searches happen almost every day these days. So why not do something good at the same time? With the green search engine ecosia.de, you support the planting of trees with every online search. This is a simple way to help protect nature and the climate.
BUY LOCAL & IN RETAIL
Local shops and small traders are often just a step or click away. And you can actively contribute to their preservation by consciously buying products here. Many now also offer delivery and are just as fast and service-oriented as the big players. At the retailer you trust, you might even get a tip or two during a live visit that you would otherwise have missed.
BORROW & USED INSTEAD OF BUYING NEW
Consider whether you always have to buy new products or whether you can borrow them from friends or family. If this is not possible, most things on the market are now available second-hand or refurbished. This will save you important resources (and money) and give things that have already been used a second life.
NO-ADVERTISING STICKER ON THE LETTERBOX
If you don’t want to receive advertising leaflets, put a “no advertising” sticker on your letterbox. This will reduce unread discarded mail and also save resources. More information on advertising waste can be found on the Letzte Werbung (Last Advertising) page.
GIVE AWAY A COMPLIMENT
Give a smile or compliment to someone. A nice gesture can make a person’s day and give you the good feeling of having spread some kindness to the world.
Make your neighbourhood greener and more colourful by spreading Seedbombs or wildflower seeds – for example on meadows, in fallow tree grates or in your backyard. Any place with a patch of soil can become a flower bed!
DONATE ATTENTION AND/OR MONEY
Don’t immediately turn away a person who kindly asks you for a donation, but give them a brief moment of attention – this will give them the positive feeling of being seen. And if you can afford it, maybe give them some change.
SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOURS
Do you know people in your house who might appreciate your help? For example, an elderly person or a single parent? Then ask them at the next opportunity if you can bring them something from the shops, if they need help carrying things or if you can help them in any other way.
PUT OUT BIRDSEED
In winter, many birds need additional sources of food. Next time you go shopping, just pack some birdseed and put it out on your balcony or windowsill. (Tip: This is also a great way to watch the little birds eating).
Do you have more ideas for volunteering in less than 5 minutes? Then let us know in the comments.
Your vostel.de team wishes you lots of fun volunteering!