‘Tis the season for giving … and giving back. Helping others in need not only makes you feel good, but it also inspires others to lend a hand as well. Now, more than ever, the world needs kind souls to commit selfless acts of generosity in the service of others. Are you interested in volunteering but don’t know which way to turn? Check out this handy guide for more information.
Clothing Based Charities
As the temperature lowers, demand rises for warm winter clothing. Help those less fortunate this holiday season by donating a gently used coat to a local coat drive. One of our favorites is the One Warm Coat Drive sponsored by Lands’ End. Your donation will go to help a local family in need and in return you will receive 50% off any outerwear item.
Schools need all the help they can get this year. Get involved by helping a student with SAT prep, application counseling, or offer to review admissions essays. In most cases, this can be done online without the need for travel or in-person meetings. If this is outside of your wheelhouse, you can always send a cash donation directly to the school of your choice.
Online Volunteer Groups
We’re living in a digital world which means you don’t have to leave your house to reach organizations in need. Volunteer Match is an online platform that connects volunteers to nonprofits in need of virtual help. There are hundreds of opportunities to donate your time and skills to a charitable cause of your choosing.
Friends and Neighbors
Organize a neighborhood cleanup project with your neighborhood association or local riverkeeper.
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The local animal shelter is always in need of food donations and a volunteer dog walker. The Shelter Pet Project’s website is an excellent resource and can guide you to a local shelter in need of volunteers.
You’ll be glad you decided to give back this holiday season, we just know it!