On this blog, I like to feature ideas on ways to give back to your community that are easy and that anyone can do. Being an active philanthropist is not easy work, but there are things we can all do for the benefit of those around us. Here are a few more ideas for donating to charities with money, time, or support.
Take Action – Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, or for an established charity like Habitat for Humanity. This is a great way for younger people to develop philanthropic habits before they have the resources do give money to any particular causes. Volunteering can often be the gateway to further charitable endeavors.
Volunteer Virtually – The internet offers so many opportunities for charitable work, and finding the right cause is easier than ever. An article I read recently pointed out something worth remembering about volunteering on the web. Many organizations need help with websites, social media, written content to share. If you have web skills that charities can use, offer them!
Clean Out Your Closet – We all have clothes in our closets and dressers that we are never going to wear again, like the shirt someone gave us that just isn’t our taste, or, alas, the clothes we just don’t fit in anymore. There are people who can use the clothes that you don’t need anymore, so go on a cleaning spree and give away whatever you don’t want to keep.
The Christmas Season is fast approaching, and as always during this time of year everyone is thinking about the gifts they want, and the gifts they want to give. In addition to the joy and anticipation from thoughts of presents, toys, wrapping paper, and bows, this is the best time of year to reflect upon ways to give back to your community and to do some work with a charitable organization. There is no shortage of ways to give back, and finding out about groups or places that need help can be very easy.
First, just about every town in America has a canned food drive of some sort. Not only are these very easy to get involved with and participate in, they also serve the important role of making sure people in the community are provided with their most basic needs. In addition to food drives, most communities have gift drives, which help to provide presents for children in the community who may not otherwise be able to receive a special gift.
Giving items such as canned food and gifts, though very important and very much needed, is not the only way to help out during the Christmas Season. You can also always donate your time. Around Christmas, many organizations like local churches and libraries offer things like reading programs or book fairs, and volunteers at these events are always needed.
These are just a couple of ideas of ways to give back to your community this Christmas Season. While these are just general ideas, you can find out about specific groups and organizations in your community through a simple web search on your computer, or by going to your local church to see listings of places that could use some help.