September 5 is the day the UN has designated as the International Day of Charity | United Nations, “established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.”
A significant focus of this day is on the UN’s sustainable development goal (SDG) #1: No Poverty. Through our combined volunteer activities, fundraising, and donations, we can help to reduce poverty – locally and globally.
I challenge you to give generously this season. Begin by considering your micro-context. Who within your immediate family or neighbourhood is strug
gling right now – perhaps due to job loss, illness, or a family break-up? What very practical help do they need? How can you contribute in a meaningful way?
Next, look a little further afield. Who is struggling within your city? How can you contribute to making your shared world a better place for them?
Now look even further afield. Identify a group within your country that is struggling. How can you use your time, talents, and/or money to help that group?
Finally, look globally. What international challenge can you help to alleviate or contribute to changing?
A group of committed career development professionals is working together internationally to advocate for the UN to designate and International Day for Career and Livelihood.
Supporting individuals to find and keep work, to develop small businesses, or to engage in sustainable livelihoods can help to alleviate poverty. Sometimes an early first step towards sustainable employment is to gain volunteer experience. Consider who you might invite to volunteer with you – aside from helping others, it may also offer the hope and confidence that will lead to competency building and sustainable employment.