Darcy Bergen recently explained how you can help local African communities from the comfort of home.
PEORIA, AZ / Darcy Bergen is the founder of the Bergens Mission, a non-profit organization benefiting the lives of individuals in rural Kenyan communities. Darcy Bergen recently explained that you don’t have to travel to Africa to benefit such communities. He offered several ways you can help improve the quality of life for rural Kenyans from the comfort of your home or within your community.
“You don’t have to join a missionary expedition to enrich the lives of people in these extremely rural areas,” Darcy Bergen said. “Numerous charities, including Bergen’s Mission, can connect you and your donations with the people who need it most.”
Many charities are constantly working to end poverty and improve healthcare in Africa. Some of these charities need volunteers here in the United States as well. Not-for-profit organizations rely on volunteers to function. They need volunteers for fundraising events here at home and to assist in the daily functioning of the organization. You can take part by contacting a non-profit organization benefiting African communities based near your home.
“One of the easiest ways to help African communities from home is to donate to them,” Darcy Bergen said. “You can donate to our organization, Bergen’s Mission, or one of dozens of other reputable charities aiding these communities. Every single dollar counts toward helping the men, women, and children of Africa.”
Bergen explained that donations to nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible. In addition to direct monetary donations, some organizations allow you to purchase gift cards for friends or family members. You can buy a gift card that will be used toward certain food products, literacy, healthcare, and more. The money used to purchase the gift card goes directly toward purchasing these items for individuals or families in rural African communities.
“As the world becomes more digital, it becomes easier to volunteer for some organizations online,” Bergen said. “Many volunteer organizations, including United Nations Volunteers, Translators Without Borders, and more, are asking for volunteers to perform online services for their charities.”
Charities need individuals to help with online crisis helplines, translations, website maintenance, writing “thank you” letters, and more. All of these tasks save these organizations time and money, so they can dedicate those items to helping the communities in need. Even more, volunteering from home can give you a stronger sense of purpose, especially if you’re stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for other reasons.
“Many people assume fundraisers need to be major projects created by large organizations,” Bergen added. “That’s not always the case. Individuals can create their own fundraisers to benefit African communities. Even the smallest events, like a lemonade sale or car wash, can help earn money that can then be donated to missionary work and other charities in Africa.”
Bergen explained that anyone looking to help African communities can contact his organization Bergen’s Mission directly. His team can offer more ideas for volunteer efforts and ensure donations are delivered to those who need them most.
“It’s important to research the organizations to which you’re giving before you make any donations or create any fundraisers,” Bergen concluded. “A quality charitable organization will always be transparent about where money goes and how it is used. Educating yourself on the organization to which you’re giving can ensure your money goes where you want it to go.”
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