Volunteering and charity work consist of philanthropic actions undertaken by individuals, groups of people or institutions in an effort towards improvement of human existence. Such actions do not include financial gain but they do produce unique emotions of satisfaction which is mostly considered to be a payment of a sort. Charity work is mostly comprised of financial gifts to those who are in need or as a basis for scientific discoveries in various fields (again correlating with the improvement of the human quality of life). On the other side, volunteering is diverse in structure and can be divided into various fields: skill-based volunteering, environmental volunteering, community voluntary work, volunteering in schools, volunteering in developing countries or in an emergency. Mainly, volunteering involves physical attendance of the volunteer.
Jason Orange participated in a multitude of charity work with Take That over the years. Some of the charities which the band takes part in are the Children in Need (BBC’s charity focused on enhancement of the lives of disabled children in the United Kingdom), Help for Heroes (supporting members of British military wounded on duty), Comic Relief (raising funds for projects in the United Kingdom and abroad), Nordoff Robbins (investing in music therapeutics), Elton John AIDS Foundation and Prince’s Trust (a trust providing training, mentoring and financial help to disadvantaged youth in the United Kingdom). Through their charity work, the band showed interest in helping cases of abuse, health and education encouragement, human rights and children rights promotion as well as tackled issues of poverty, homelessness and physical disabilities.
During his break from the band from 1996 to 2006, Jason Orange enrolled in a variety of studies (some of which were advanced English Studies and Sociology) and travels. As he announced his departure from the band in September of 2014, news of his upcoming visits to Asia (which he grew fond of) might also include a volunteering program. He was always extremely humble and full of gratitude, and now, while embarking on a voyage to discover himself, he might use his experiences and knowledge to continue his humanitarian visions on an individual path.