The new year is here, which means attempting to turn over a new leaf for many people. We want to be healthier, smarter, more globally minded, and more generous. Sometimes, our new year’s resolutions can seem massive and intimidating. How can one person make the world a better place? It might seem like you have to drastically change the way you live to make a difference, but that isn’t the case. One little-thought-of way you can make a difference for the better is by sharing your home. Here are five ways that you can use your home to make a difference and touch people’s lives in 2018.
1. Share Good Books
Studies show that reading books, especially fiction, can actually make people more empathetic over time. Sharing books with your neighbors is a great way to bring people together and spread knowledge and empathy. Think about opening/building a Little Free Library outside your home and filling it with books to share. This simple act could bring people in your neighborhood together as they exchange their favorite books.
2. Host a Soldier for the Holidays
Many members of the military who live on-base are far away from home, which can be an isolating experience. This loneliness is especially acute during the holidays for those who might not be able to make it home. You can make a difference in the lives of military personnel by having them over for the holidays. It’s easy to adopt a soldier or other member of the military for the holidays. Just check with your local U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) or Navy MWR resource office for opportunities.
3. House Evacuees
People’s lives are flipped completely upside-down in the wake of devastating natural disasters. Many families and individuals lose their homes and most of their possessions and finding places to stay—even for one night—can become a challenge. It can be easy to house evacuees through Airbnb Open Homes, which partners with nongovernmental organizations to house people in need, free of charge. You’ll be able to bring peace and relief to families and individuals under horrible stress. Learn more about listing with Airbnb’s Open Homes program here.
4. Take in Refugees
Refugees live under the constant stress of extreme uncertainty and unfamiliarity. Forced to flee their home country, they often don’t have the financial resources or connections to find shelter when they need it. You can provide a temporary space for refugees (in a spare room or unused portion of your home) while they pull their lives back together. Many refugee resettlement services offer hosting opportunities, such as Room for Refugees, which started in the United Kingdom and has made its way over to Canada and the United States.
5. Become a Creative Venue
There are a lot of ways to open your home for good causes, whether that means bringing friends together to connect over dinner or hosting planned events. You could open your home to a lecture series or a craft night. Or, show a documentary. Building community in your area will bring purpose and love into the lives of the people around you. You just need to be open to having people in your home.
At Del Rey Urban, we do our best to play an important role in making a positive impact on communities in need locally, nationally, and internationally. If you have any suggestions or comments please let us know!