If you’re in a position to give, it’s because you’ve had people in your life who have invested in you. You’ve been given opportunities to get an education, have good friend and family support, build a network, get a living-wage job, etc. Unfortunately, millions of American’s go without those same opportunities. That’s why you’re investment in the lives of your local community members is so important.
Most non-profits will ask you to help them make those opportunities by donating money. But sometimes we want to do more than just donate money. Although monetary donations are vital to a non-profit's ability to function, it’s not as gratifying for the donator. As a giver, we find more joy in giving when we get to see the effect of our generosity. Here are some fun, creative and different ways to help the people in need in your community. Remember, no matter how you give follow the COVID safety guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Throw a birthday party for homeless children at a local shelter.
Create “I Care” kits for single parents or homeless families who struggle to afford self-care items like shampoo, razors, body wash, toothbrush, combs, etc.
Make friends with a family in a lower socio-economic status and help them as your means allow.
Offer to give rides to the grocery store or doctor appointments for people who don’t have transportation.
Adopt a local senior citizen and check in on them every week.
Donate your left-over food to a hungry family.
Donate art supplies to a local shelter.
Offer to repair or alter clothes for people in need.
Hold a book drive and then donate them to a shelter or non-profit that helps people in poverty.
Help kids learn how to read.
Donate your talents. Offer free classes to people in the community on a skill you have: photography, cooking, car maintenance, etc.
Donate much needed items to food pantries: spices, nutritional foods, can openers, oils, etc.
Create, print and donate a list of recipes for people receiving free food.
Keep your eye out for open positions with a living wage and recommend them to anyone you know who needs a job or is being underpaid.
Find ways to give the people around you the opportunities people gave you. Invest in a child’s life. Offer a teenager a job with responsibility. Mentor a local community member to help improve their career.
Offer to go grocery shopping for someone high risk, even if they pay for the groceries.