Seven Ways to Give Back to Your Community

The communities we live in have a lot to offer individuals and families for supporting their physical, mental, emotional, and social needs. One of the best ways to learn about these programs and services is to get involved. You might also know a few people who would greatly benefit from a little help around their house. By selflessly giving back to your community or helping someone in need, you will feel good about being a part of the solution. You may also benefit by meeting new people who might be outside of your social network. Here are a few ideas to help you give back:

  1. Host a food drive. Remember that hunger happens year-round. Oftentimes, your local food banks are lacking in supplies during the non-holiday seasons. A food drive at your office, church, or within your social network can benefit the food banks and those within your community who are struggling.
  2. Offer to rake leaves for your neighbor. You may have a neighbor who is elderly or disabled. Raking their leaves or shoveling their walkway and driveway would help them out a ton. Don’t leave it for someone else to do. Chances are they won’t.
  3. Volunteer at your child’s school. Grading papers, helping with art projects, or chaperoning fieldtrips are ways parents can be involved with their kid’s class. Ask your child’s teacher what you can do to help out.
  4. Offer to teach a class at a local boys and girls club. If you have a skill set like playing the guitar, scrapbooking, cooking, or photography, you can teach others some basic skills to learn that hobby. These skill sets will be valuable to help young people build confidence.
  5. Donate household and clothing items. Your items that aren’t in use or clothes that no longer fit could easily be reused by others in need. Take a day to rummage through your garage, closet, and kitchen, and donate these items to your local Goodwill or other charity.
  6. Be a chauffeur. There may be someone you know who is unable to drive themselves to the grocery store or the post office. Offering your time to help them run errands will help them out tremendously.
  7. Help out at the local animal shelter. If you love furry friends, then you will surely enjoy being surrounded by them at your local animal shelter. Walking, feeding, or just plain cuddling with these creatures will surely warm you heart and theirs. 

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Last updated 4/1/2015