Guest blog by Anne Siebenaler
One of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Anne Siebenaler (MSc in Development Studies 2018) wrote this blog to tell you why you should get involved with #GivingTuesday. Read on to find out why you should participate, if only for 10 minutes.
Participate in #GivingTuesday
After the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is the day to do good for charity and give back to your community! First celebrated in the United States, #GivingTuesday arrived in the UK in 2014 and has, since then, gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.
Eager to encourage as many LSE students as possible to give some of their time, creative energy and talent to charity, on Tuesday 28 November the LSE Volunteer centre provides some fantastic opportunities for you to get involved! Whether you decide to join one of the 10 min Yoga sessions organised by Medical Aid Films or choose to spend one hour chatting to participants about MAF and assisting with the general smooth running of the event, any contribution of time, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.
4 reasons to get involved
Still not sure whether you should get involved? Here are 4 reasons why volunteering on #GivingTuesday will definitely be worth your time:
- It’s good for your health
Studies have found that when you start focusing on something else than your own problems and worries, your stress levels will decrease. So what better opportunity than #GivingTuesday to take a break from studying, interrupt tension-producing patterns and replace them with both positive and relaxing emotions?
- You can give back to a cause you believe in
Too many times students complain about social injustice without ultimately doing anything about it. By getting involved on #GivingTuesday, you can put words into deeds and stand up for what you believe in. Ultimately, things can only get better once the first step, no matter how small, is taken!
- You will actually change someone’s life
As cliché as it may sound, your actions, whether big or small will make a difference. Even if you don’t have some extra money to spare to make a donation, by taking part in one of LSE’s on-off volunteering opportunities, you will fulfil the crucial task of raising awareness.
- It’s fun.
Not only will volunteering on #GivingTuesday allow you to leave the library and refresh your mind, but you will also meet lots of other people who, same as you, are open minded and want to make the most of their experience at LSE by broadening their perspective and skills.
So sign up for the #JustOneHour one-off volunteering opportunity or come by our stall outside SAW from 11am-2pm to do some microvolunteering. You can find more details on our #GivingTuesday blog post.
Looking for a long term opportunity?
You can have a look at the resources on our website or browse CareerHub for different ongoing opportunities. You can also book a one-to-one if you need more support to get started. Also make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with our events and opportunities and read our blog for more volunteering tips and stories.