The Art of Volunteering: Items You Might Need For A Relief Operation
For those with a genuine, compassionate heart, volunteering to help the unfortunate ones is always a priority. The joy of being able to lend a hand and provide for others is truly priceless—and its worth is more than any monetary gains that anyone can be bestowed upon. Always think and believe that being able to serve others through volunteer projects, good advocacies, and disaster relief operations is a blessing that one must share to the economically challenged and victims of inopportune events. “To a strategic donor, successful disaster relief support is rooted in thoughtful, educated decision making, despite the compelling pull to give in the immediate aftermath. For a more lasting effect, a better approach may be to focus on long-term assistance, such as emergency risk prevention and disaster preparedness. Nevertheless, many people give aid in disaster situations, unsure of where or even when they can make the greatest difference. As with any charitable objective, planning begins with some advance thinking about when and where to give and how to have the most impact,” wrote Cynthia Strauss in the article When to Give: The Four Phases of Disaster Relief for fidelitycharitable.org.
But if this is your first time in helping out and taking part in a relief operation or other volunteer work, these items below should be in your checklist:
- Some Used Clothes: If people you are helping out are victims of a natural disaster like flood or some destructive storms or dangerous tsunamis, it’s likely that these families have no immediate access to their belongings. Providing clothes for them is important as they surely can’t even wash the clothes that they have been wearing since the unfortunate event. If you can provide shoes, slippers, and other basic toiletries, that would be good as well.
- Inflatable air bag: These are good things to sleep on. For sure, these unfortunate individuals don’t have decent beds to lie on for days and inflatable air bags can be comfy for these people who have lost their own roofs.
- Food containers: It can be disposable styros, resealable food bags—just as long as they won’t spoil the cooked food easily. Jenna, who has been used to doing volunteer projects in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries shared that she always has sturdy food foam packaging with her during operations, “Our organization have tons of styros and other plastic cups so we’re always ready for any relief operation. We prefer using them because they are lightweight and a good company has been supplying us with these every year. This way, we don’t need to clean up every time one person finishes his food. They can be easily thrown away after use.”
- Refillable Water Bottle & Filter: Water is a basic human need. And definitely, people who have been subject to hard times like natural disasters need to stay hydrated, “You'll need something conveniently sized for travel from site to site. In a disaster zone you'll never know when a water refill station may pop up but you'll also never know when they won't. It must hold a sufficient volume of water to last you a good portion of the day, but also not big enough to weigh you down when trekking across a city or town for who knows how long,” shared the article Disaster Volunteers: 9 Crucial Items You Need to Bring With You as posted at goabroad.com.
- Basic Medications: It’s highly probable that there will be some people who will get colds, cough, stomach pains, dizziness, digestive problems, fever, among others. It would be very wise to bring a well-stocked first aid kit and some medicines to help these people out. Alcohol, bandages, ointments, among others are just some staples.