Do you pay it forward? I met people who only think of what they can receive. They won’t give up because they felt they don’t have enough. I am not talking about people who depend on the aid they get from the government. Rather, I am talking about people with so much wealth, but who refuse to share even a peso.
Everywhere self-made persons are celebrated. But the one peso question is worth asking: Do they really exist? I agree that many of us can choose who we want to become. We are products of our choices.
But everywhere I looked, I saw successful people who got help from others. Accepting this will not make us small. Instead, this can make us more grateful and continue to find opportunities to grow and make a difference in the world.
We are known for valuing utang na loob. And there are times that we don’t have the opportunity to return the favor we received. But one way of honoring those who helped us is paying forward.
You can make the most of who you are if you pay forward. Most people do not really expect you to pay back. Many of them are no longer here. You can only spread the good things you have received if you pay forward.
Paying forward is easy. You only need to think of small acts of kindness every chance you get. You have been given a chance to make a difference every day.
Pay it forward.
100 Ways to Pay It Forward
Paying it forward is a concept that encourages the recipient of a good deed to pass it on to others rather than repaying the person who originally helped them.
This principle fosters a sense of unity and community spirit, generating a ripple effect of kindness and positivity.
In the Philippines, where communal values and the spirit of “Bayanihan” reign supreme, there are countless ways for individuals to pay it forward. Here are 100 suggestions, each with an explanation to inspire Filipinos everywhere:
- Donate to local charities: Financial or in-kind donations can significantly support the work of charities that assist those in need.
- Volunteer your time: Whether it’s helping at a soup kitchen, reading to children at a library, or cleaning up your local park, giving your time can make a tremendous difference.
- Share your expertise: Offer to teach a free class or workshop on a skill you’re proficient in, like cooking, coding, or painting.
- Support local businesses: By choosing to buy local, you’re helping to support your community’s economy.
- Share your books: After reading a book, donate it to a local library or school to help spread knowledge.
- Plant a tree: This simple act can contribute to a greener community and a healthier environment.
- Mentor a young person: Sharing your experiences and wisdom can guide the next generation towards a brighter future.
- Start a community garden: This encourages community participation and provides fresh produce for everyone involved.
- Donate unused clothes: Help those in need by donating clothes that you no longer wear.
- Compliment a stranger: Brighten someone’s day with a kind word or two.
- Pay for someone’s meal: This random act of kindness can truly make someone’s day.
- Bake for your neighbors: Share home-baked goods to build stronger relationships within your community.
- Share your produce: If you have a fruit tree or vegetable garden, share the produce with your neighbors.
- Clean up the beach: Join or organize beach clean-up drives to protect marine life and make beaches more enjoyable for everyone.
- Start a scholarship fund: Even small contributions can help a deserving student gain access to education.
- Offer to babysit for free: This can give parents a much-needed break and build stronger community ties.
- Host a free workshop: Offer a free workshop to teach valuable skills, such as computer literacy or basic carpentry.
- Help someone get a job: Use your network to connect job seekers with potential employers.
- Offer free rides to the elderly: Make it easier for older people in your community to run errands or attend appointments.
- Share positive news: In a world where bad news is prevalent, sharing positive stories can uplift spirits.
- Make a meal for someone who is ill: This simple act can bring comfort and nourishment when they need it most.
- Help a child with their homework: Offer assistance to a child in your neighborhood who may be struggling with their studies.
- Donate school supplies: Help students in need by providing necessary school materials.
- Create a neighborhood watch program: This can foster a safer community and stronger neighborly relationships.
- Organize a fundraising event for a local cause: Be proactive in generating resources for community projects or individuals in need.
- Hold a free garage sale: If you have items you no longer need, consider giving them away instead of selling them.
- Write a thank-you note: Show your appreciation for someone who has helped you or is doing a great job in your community.
- Start a book club: Foster a love for reading and build stronger community ties through a shared passion for literature.
- Sponsor a child’s education: Help a child gain access to quality education and better life opportunities.
- Repair something for free: If you have skills like sewing or carpentry, offer to fix things for neighbors who can’t afford professional services.
- Cook for a working mom or dad: A home-cooked meal can be a great help to working parents with little time to spare.
- Make a care package: Send a care package to a friend or neighbor going through a tough time.
- Promote local artists: Share the work of local artists on your social media platforms to increase their visibility.
- Donate toys: Give your used toys to a children’s home or hospital to spread joy.
- Teach financial literacy: Provide free classes on budgeting and savings to help others achieve financial stability.
- Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog: This simple gesture can help busy pet owners and foster a sense of community.
- Donate to food banks: Help feed families in need by contributing to food banks.
- Assist the elderly with chores: Help out elderly neighbors with their chores, making their day-to-day lives a bit easier.
- Set up a community library: Encourage reading and learning by setting up a mini-library in your neighborhood.
- Give away seedlings: Encourage others to start their own garden by distributing seedlings.
- Invite a lonely neighbor for a meal: This simple act of inclusion can greatly uplift someone’s spirit.
- Organize a fun run for a cause: Raise funds for a charity while promoting fitness and community spirit.
- Provide free tutoring: Help students excel in their studies by offering free tutoring services.
- Support local sports teams: Show your community’s young athletes that you believe in them by attending their games.
- Give blood: This simple act could save lives and is always needed by medical facilities.
- Mow a neighbor’s lawn: Offer to help with outdoor maintenance tasks for elderly or busy neighbors.
- Help someone improve their resume: Assisting in improving a jobseeker’s resume can greatly enhance their chances of employment.
- Host a cultural exchange: Increase cultural understanding and diversity in your community by hosting an event where people can share their traditions.
- Sponsor a community mural: Involve local artists in beautifying public spaces.
- Create a community composting site: Promote sustainability and provide rich soil for gardening.
- Donate to disaster relief efforts: Be proactive in supporting communities affected by natural disasters.
- Start a recycling program: Help your community reduce waste and promote environmental awareness.
- Join or start a carpool: Reduce traffic and carbon emissions while fostering community ties.
- Offer free home safety checks: Help your neighbors stay safe by offering to check smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment.
- Teach computer skills to the elderly: Empower the elderly to connect with their loved ones and the world by teaching them basic computer skills.
- Set up a community message board: Facilitate the sharing of announcements, services, and events in your community.
- Donate used furniture: Help people furnish their homes by donating items you no longer need.
- Create a community newsletter: Keep your community informed and foster a sense of unity by starting a newsletter.
- Share home improvement skills: Help neighbors by sharing your skills, whether it’s plumbing, painting, or landscaping.
- Offer to pet sit: Support pet owners in your community who might be busy or going on vacation.
- Recycle electronics responsibly: Organize an e-waste collection event in your community to promote responsible disposal of electronics.
- Plant flowers in public spaces: Beautify your community and create habitats for pollinators.
- Teach others how to cook a healthy meal: Promote healthier lifestyles by teaching others how to prepare nutritious food.
- Invite a guest speaker to your community: Invite professionals to give a talk on important topics, like health, safety, or education.
- Create care packages for the homeless: Include essentials such as food, water, toiletries, and warm clothing.
- Join a tree-planting drive: Contribute to environmental conservation by planting trees.
- Offer to run errands for a sick neighbor: Help those who are unwell by running errands on their behalf.
- Set up a toy exchange: Encourage children to swap toys they no longer use, promoting sustainability and community.
- Donate books to prisons: Help those incarcerated broaden their minds and skills.
- Set up a community emergency fund: Build a safety net for your community for unexpected situations.
- Organize a car wash for charity: A simple, fun way to raise funds for your favorite local charity.
- Donate a bicycle: If you have a bike you’re not using, consider donating it to someone who could use it for transportation.
- Host a skills exchange event: Encourage community members to share and learn new skills from each other.
- Volunteer at a local school: Support education in your community by offering your time and skills.
- Support farmers by buying local produce: This helps boost the local economy and ensures you’re getting fresh and healthy food.
- Donate to animal shelters: Whether it’s food, toys, or volunteer time, your contribution can make a difference to animals in need.
- Host a community clean-up: Encourage community members to take pride in their area and keep it clean.
- Make blankets for the homeless: A warm blanket can be a big help for those living on the streets.
- Start a community tool library: Share tools and equipment within your community to save money and resources.
- Teach kids about recycling: Educate the younger generation about the importance of recycling and environmental conservation.
- Host a neighborhood potluck: This encourages community building and sharing of diverse food cultures.
- Offer translation services: If you’re fluent in another language, offer to help those struggling with language barriers.
- Share your music: If you’re a musician, hold free concerts or teach music lessons to children in your community.
- Start a clothing swap: Encourage sustainable fashion and save money by swapping clothes within your community.
- Donate old computers to schools: Many students could benefit from having access to technology.
- Volunteer at a retirement home: Spend time with the elderly and provide companionship and assistance.
- Support local musicians and artists: Attend their shows, purchase their work, and spread the word about their talent.
- Donate eyeglasses to those in need: Old eyeglasses can make a huge difference for someone struggling to afford a pair.
- Help a neighbor with home repairs: If you have handyman skills, offer to help those who can’t afford professional services.
- Promote mental health awareness: Advocate for mental health and provide resources to those struggling with mental health issues in your community.
- Teach sustainable practices: Host a workshop about sustainable living, like composting, rainwater harvesting, or using reusable items.
- Create a community calendar: Help everyone stay connected and informed about upcoming local events.
- Start a neighborhood watch: Increase safety and foster community spirit by organizing a local neighborhood watch program.
- Organize a fitness class: Promote health and wellness in your community by conducting free fitness classes.
- Start a community swap meet: This can be a great way to recycle items and support community interaction.
- Volunteer at a local hospital: Offer your time and care to patients in need, or assist in administrative tasks.
- Set up a community playground: A space where children can play safely benefits the whole community.
- Help maintain public spaces: Whether it’s a local park or community center, offer your help to keep these spaces clean and welcoming.
- Organize storytelling sessions for kids: Promote imagination and literacy skills among children in your community.
- Celebrate your community’s successes: Acknowledge the achievements of individuals and groups within your community. Celebrating successes, big or small, can help build a stronger sense of community.
Every act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in someone’s life and can inspire others to pay it forward.
Let’s continue to foster the spirit of “Bayanihan” and unity in our communities.