Giving back to the community usually involves thoughts of donating tons of money to local charities. The act of giving back is timeless, but it’s multi-dimensional and no longer means writing a check.
Money is just one of the ways we can offer our heart or help to other people, animals, and causes in the world. No matter how you do it, giving back to your community will touch many people’s lives. Whether it’s volunteering at a local event, helping a neighbor out, or making a donation, the smallest gesture can make a big difference in the world!
Be inspired to spread some goodness within your own community – it’s not as hard as it sounds! I’ve put together a list of creative ways of how you can make a difference:
Fashionistas, it’s time to do some fall cleaning in your closet. If you’ve got a love of fashion, you may want to consider donating some clothes before you run out of room in your apartment! Encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to donate new or gently used clothing, accessories, and shoes to a local charity.
Volunteer at a school
There are many places looking for volunteers to help with activities – this includes schools, care programs, day cares, camps, church groups, community centers, mentorship programs, and much more. Give back to the community by “donating” the skills you already have. Help a child read, write, paint, play basketball, ride a bike, fold origami, and more.
Participate in food drives
Many businesses encourage employees to bring in unopened non-perishable canned and boxed foods during the busy holiday season. Donating to local food banks is a great way to help your community.
Share your pet!
Our pets make us smile, so maybe they can put a smile on someone else’s face. Rather than leaving your dog at home while you’re at work, consider bringing them to a local senior center, veteran’s club, or hospital to bring joy to the residents.
Remember, money isn’t the only way to support your community. Offering your time and expertise is a fantastic way to help others. Find the best way to include charity into your life!
Do you have other fun, creative ways to give back? Comment below!