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Volunteering and Giving Back

Written by Jessy Pucker LMSW

Dec 14, 2021

 

Giving back and volunteering are important year-round, but these activities are emphasized during the holiday season. Whether it is hands-on volunteering or donating to a cause you care about, giving back is a way to contribute to our communities.

Here are five ways to give back during the holiday season:

  1. Start a donation pool! Ask your family and friends to donate to a specific organization by sending you the money via Venmo, Zelle, or any cash transfer method. Once you have pooled that money together, donate it to the organization. This is a great way to get friends and family involved in a cause that you care about.
  2. Get the word out! Giving back comes in all shapes and sizes. Do research on a cause you care about and share that information with family and friends. Spreading the word about a cause you care about can inspire those around you to do the same.
  3. Volunteer! Spend your time giving back to the community. This could come in different forms; serve food at a shelter, visit a nursing home, help coordinate events for a cause you care about. Your time can be just as valuable as money.
  4. Donate food! The holidays are often marked by big family meals or specific foods that remind us of the season. Donating food can be a great way to directly impact those in need.
  5. Do a good deed! Keep it simple. Not all giving back has to be on a large scale or through an organization. Sometimes a small gesture can be enough to turn someone’s day around and contribute to the wellness of your community.
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