A uniting force in the story of South Africa is the legacy of Nelson Mandela – who would have been celebrating his 100th birthday this year. His legacy is about making a difference. It calls on all of us to make a difference every day in each other’s lives. Every person can make an impact; what will yours be?


Here are 4 ways you can turn an act into an impact:


1. Use your social media profiles to spread the word

There are many organisations doing amazing work that people may not know about. You could help to spread the word about these organisations and help them reach more people who could potentially become volunteers or long-term donors and supporters. Share the needs of NGOs you know about and someone on your timeline could be the ideal person to help.


2. Offer your skills to organisations that need them

Non-profit organisations often do not have the funds to hire all the highly skilled people they need. If you can volunteer your skills in your free time, it can make a lasting impact. Perhaps you have social media skills, marketing skills, or accounting skills that can help with the day-to-day running of an organisation. Even just giving professional advice every now and then can make a huge and lasting impact.


Tip: When you want to do something for an organisation, it is best to enquire about what they need most. While you might think the walls could use some fresh paint, there might be a more pressing need, like fixing furniture inside the building.


3. Become a volunteer at an organisation near you

One of the biggest gifts you can give is your time. Many organisations look for volunteers who can give of this valuable resource. This is one way you can make a lasting impact. Find organisations that are close to where you live or work and enquire about becoming a volunteer. The great thing about finding an organisation close to you is that you will be able to volunteer over a long period and be able to see the impact of the time you’ve contributed.


4. Clear out your clutter with purpose

Ever heard the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well, it is especially true when it comes to decluttering your place. Don’t throw away the items you are no longer using. Instead, separate them and match them with causes that need those specific items. This way you declutter with a purpose and your act leads to a lasting impact.


Also read: Become a Community Development Superhero


The legacy of Mandela Day is more about using the abilities and skills we have to make the world a better place, rather than performing once-off acts on this day. Remember, while you are giving of your time and skills, you are also receiving the positive mental health effects that come with volunteering and helping others.


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