Some individuals have a charity in mind they’d like to donate to, and others have a favorite local business they love supporting. Let this be the year you decide to give back to the community in meaningful ways.
Volunteer at the Hospital
Giving time to those in need doesn’t necessarily have to mean working a shift at a soup kitchen or spending time at an animal shelter cleaning out an animal’s cage. Sometimes, it’s volunteering at a hospital. Whether crafting with a child or helping an elderly patient walk from the bathroom to their room, volunteering at a hospital is rewarding.
Donate Used Items
Donating is great when you need an excuse to purge your closet of old clothes, but what’s better is giving those items to someone in need. Many charities, including a military veteran’s charity, accept gently used clothes and other things all year round.
Many discharged members may not have a lot to get started as a civilian for the first time. So, it’s up to us to give what we can. Donating gently used items to charity builds a servicemember a new professional wardrobe and helps start a new life. One small donation impacts many lives.
Clean Up the Community
Maybe volunteering isn’t what you want to do, and perhaps you don’t have anything to donate to charity. You could instead help the environment, including the surrounding areas. Your community could use cleaning up, and you can make it happen with a community clean-up day.
Gather others from the neighborhood, find places to straighten up, and split into groups. Many areas around cities and other towns could always use an extra hand to tidy up the environment.
Support a Local Business
Everyone has their favorite business, especially local ones. Whether it’s a restaurant or store, supporting local companies helps strengthen the community and allows stores to give back to their town. Find a list of places to visit and share the list with friends and family.
Another great way to promote a business is through social media. Social media’s the best advertisement choice for many shops, but not all have access to these resources. Since you have a phone and social media, consider creating a video, writing a review, or sharing a picture of a product to get others interested in the business.
You have access to many meaningful ways to give back to your community. Start with this list and expand. You’ll find opportunities you’ll love doing year after year—so find what you enjoy and use it to give back!