5 Ways to Volunteer in Your Own Time

When I talk about volunteering with someone, people usually think of organizations where they can do something. Think of the food bank, the animal shelter or a local school. That’s great and I’ll soon write something about those options. However, you can also do something on your own terms. This way you’re not bound to specific times. There’s a lot we can do without these organizations. Today I’ll tell you about 5 ways to volunteer in your own time.

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E-mail Activism

Yes, I can call myself an activist. I march on the streets doing protest, I am living in a way to be an example and I am outspoken about what should change in this world and how. I think that if you want to make the world a better place, you’re an activist already. But not everybody shares that kind of view. Most people think you have to be on the streets protesting everyday to be an activist. I don’t think that’s true and I don’t think we have too either. That’s why I am talking about an accessible type of activism today. I call this: e-mail activism.

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10 Positive Impacts I’ve made in 2021

2021 is not entirely over yet, there’s 4 more days after this post. However, my holiday has started 3 days ago and I did some reflection. What a year has 2021 been! The COVID-19 pandemic is still very much there, we had elections here in the Netherlands and life is not like I know it any longer. Since I am very privileged (like I mentioned last year), I am able to look at what positive impact I made in 2021, because I wasn’t just surviving. I am one of the people who owe it to society to contribute. Today I am telling you about 10 positive impacts I made in 2021. I’m listing the 10 things I am most proud of. 

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My Positive Impact in 2020

The year is over! 2020 is past us, luckily. Time for 2021, in which I hope that the pandemic of COVID-19 will end. In September of 2020 I evaluated on my negative impact, had I lived within the earth’s capacity from September 2019 till September 2020? I was very close to the goal and I am sure I’ll make it this coming year. However, it made me think about the other side of the story. When I finally live within the earth’s capacity, I also want to maximize my positive impact. That’s essentially what an eco-positive lifestyle is about. And since I am very close to living within the earth’s capacity it is time to reflect. What positive impact have I made in 2020?

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Donating organs, blood, plasma and stem cells

From this week onwards we have a new law amazing in the Netherlands. Yes! I am very happy with it and celebrated it. The old donor law used to say that you are not an organ donor, unless you object and sign up otherwise. Right now the rule goes: you are an organ donor, unless you object and sign up otherwise. We’re going to save so many lives because of this law! Donating organs is a well-known form of being a donor. But there are more ways to save a life. Today I’ll tell you about donating organs, blood, plasma and stem cells.

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Volunteering opportunity: NLdoet

The 11th of March it is national volunteering-day in The Netherlands. NLdoet is the Dutch organization which plays a big role in this day, they organize actions throughout all of The Netherlands. Painting jobs, planting flowers, spending time with the elderly, there are all kinds of things which you can do. This way, everyone can make The Netherlands a little better on the 11th of March. And I was one of those people! Today I’ll tell you about that volunteering opportunity: NLdoet.

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Volunteering At The Gouda Clean-up

As I’ve written before, I went to my second volunteering activity with Greenpeace on March 4th. On a lovely Saturday noon I went Gouda, because we were going to clean the streets (and the canals) together with The Party for the Animals, the local Greenpeace group of Rotterdam and anyone else who wanted to join. It was an inspiring day for me and I had loads of fun too! I went volunteering at the Gouda Clean-up.

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