Justin Kruger was inspired to start Project Helping in 2014 after years of regularly volunteering himself in the community. Kruger realized the power that volunteering had in his own life and wanted to share that experience with others.
WHAT THEY DO
Project Helping organizes volunteer events specifically designed to make an impact — both on you and your community. Through the act of volunteering, participants actively invest in their communities while also reaping the benefits of increased mental wellness. They create and practice kindfulness!
WHAT IS KINDFULNESS
You are likely familiar with mindfulness by now. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them – without believing that they are “right” or “wrong”.
Kindfulness is similar but focuses on using volunteering and intentional acts of kindness to bring awareness to the impact you make on others and the positive mental state created by serving others.
There are five pillars to kindfulness – volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, connection, reflection and inspiration.
WHY THEY DO IT
Helping others, making an impact and being a part of a community are foundational elements of Project Helping and are what drives happiness. When someone loses any of these foundational elements, their mental wellness suffers. Project Helping provides an engaging and impactful way to build or rebuild these foundational elements and improve mental wellness.
HOW THEY DO IT
First, they carefully select partner organizations that allow them to provide impactful, social and easy to join volunteer events. Next, they provide these events at different times and locations for a variety of meaningful causes. Finally, you get involved, making a lasting impact on your community and your own mental wellness.