Are you looking for a new way to pay? Try to open the house to those who need it.
In terms of payment, most people immediately think of donating time or money. But another equally effective – and perhaps less imaginable – option is to share your home as a force to be braced for.
Here are six ways to make a difference in your home.
1. Read to stay in touch with your neighbors
You may have seen some cute little structures in your neighborhood that look like letterboxes but are full of books. Launched in 2009, the small free library creates a love of reading while creating a community. Buy or build one of the books exchange boxes in front of your house and fill it with the books you want to share.
2. Host a soldier for the holidays
Do you live near a military base? Many organizations offer the possibility of hosting a soldier at his home during the holidays. Contact your U.S. Army Family and Morality, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) or the MWR Navy Resource Office for accommodation options.
3. Share your home with a cancer patient and their family
Cancer patients who seek treatment can end up in hospitals and communities far from their homes. While many hospitals offer accommodation, hosts also have the option of stepping in and providing accommodation at home.
Programs vary by region, so contact your local hospital. If you’re in the greater Philadelphia area, check out Hosts for Hospitals or Boston Hospitality Homes.
4. Open the house to evacuees
In the event of a natural disaster, entire communities cannot return to their homes. Launched in 2017, AirBnB Open Homes is a program that, in partnership with NGOs, can book free accommodation for those in need. In the event of a disaster, requests from families and displaced people are directed to hosts close to the affected areas.
5. Provide a safe place for refugees
People who are forced to flee their homeland do not always have the connections and direct financial resources to seek asylum. A spare bedroom or an unused part of the house can be a great temporary solution for refugees if they get up.
The Refugee Room was established in the UK and is now operating in the US and Canada. Many other refugee resettlement services offer accommodation, so explore the needs in your area.
6. be creative
Invite your neighbors for dinner or dinner in peace. Hosting a death dinner is a great way to talk about the end of treatment for yourself or someone you care about. Other ideas include organizing lecture series, watching documentaries, or craft parties – all to build a community in your area.