How to Make a Meaningful Donation Without Spending Any Money

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As paradoxical as it may sound, you can make a meaningful donation without spending a dime. Monetary donations may be the most popular and immediate form of charity because of the universal buying power of money. However, if you’re someone who likes to give back even when you have very little money to give, do not despair. There are plenty of donations you can make that don’t require any money and they’re just as meaningful. Here are some other ways you can give:

Give your time and skills

Volunteering is the most obvious answer to giving to charity without donating money, but it is also one of the most effective. Giving of yourself (your time, your labor, your skills, your compassion) is the most meaningful donation there is and will get you up-close-and-personal with the causes you support. Not to discourage monetary donations in any way, but with volunteering you get to see the fruits of your labor, whereas with a monetary donation, you may feel good knowing that your money is playing a part in a larger cause, but you don’t usually get to see it. It gets lost with all the other donations. Volunteering allows you to form a personal connection with a cause that’s close to your heart. If you’re passionate about helping the homeless population, volunteer at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter and see their faces light up when you treat them like a person. If you love animals, volunteer at shelter. If you’re good with children, volunteer to read to children in hospitals or schools, or serve as a mentor through a program like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

The internet makes it even easier to volunteer, with sites like VolunteerMatch connecting people to volunteer opportunities in their communities. You can even give your time from the convenience of home by simply surfing the web. You may have skills that are in high-demand and you can employ them without even setting foot outside your house through the website Skills for Change, by helping nonprofits meet challenges they face through employing skills like copywriting and graphic design. It’s easy to implement charity into your everyday internet activity as well; for instance, conduct your searches using GoodSearch instead of Google and it will donate a penny to charity every time you conduct a search. Tabs for a Cause raises money for charity with each new tab you open in your browser. Apps like FreeRice and CharityMiles make donating fun and empowering, as FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme for every question you answer correctly through their games, and CharityMiles donates 10 cents to charity for every miles you run using the app.

Give your goods

Instead of throwing away all your old junk or just let it sit in storage in your house, taking up space and collecting dust, put your unused items to use and donate them to a charity such as GoodWill, the Salvation Army, Purple Heart, or a local nonprofit charity shop. Most nonprofits will be able to take just about anything you can think of, from clothes to books to appliances. It can be hard to part with anything that has sentimental value, but if you haven’t used it in over a year, ask yourself what good there is holding on to it and know that there is someone out there who could benefit from it.

Give your health

If you are healthy and able, donate your blood to someone whose health depends upon it. If you can, find a blood drive to go to, or if not, you can always make an appointment with a blood donation center. Some centers even allow you to donate platelets and plasma as well, which aid in cancer and organ transplant treatments. The need for blood exists all the time, so don’t wait for the opportunity to come to you. There are a few qualifications you’ll have to meet to be eligible to give blood, such as weighing at least 110 pounds and not suffering from any illnesses, but if you meet them, giving blood is a wonderful, selfless act of volunteerism that has the power to save lives.

Give your hair

You’ve probably heard of organizations like Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids that donate your chopped-off hair when you get a haircut (rather than throwing it away) to make hairpieces for patients suffering from hair loss due to illness or medical treatments. The minimum length requirement to donate your hair is 10 inches, but if your hair is long enough, this is a great way to help someone in need with no additional cost.

Breaking the Cycle: U.S. Homeless Shelters That Are More Than Just a Place to Stay

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On a single night in January 2015, 564,708 people were considered homeless, living on the street, in their cars, or in a homeless shelter. It’s easy to let the issue of homelessness in America slip into the background of our lives. Even if you live in a city where homelessness is a true epidemic, how many times have you walked past that person on the corner without dropping anything into their donation bucket or offering so much as a smile?

As much as we’d rather ignore the issue of homelessness plaguing our nation, the statistics don’t lie. The main reasons people become homeless are due to poverty and a lack of affordable housing. The lucky ones are able to find shelter for an extended amount of time and maybe even enter into a rehabilitation program where they are able to connect with employers and get back on their feet. The less fortunate ones, the 83,170 individuals (15% of the homeless population) considered to be chronically homeless, have a disability or have been homeless for a year or longer. These individuals often don’t seek out the help they need and may fit your more traditional image of homelessness of the person camped out on a park bench shivering under a mound of ratty old blankets in the dead of winter.

Luckily, there are a number of saints out there who are not immune to the suffering of the homeless, who see them as regular people and not an invisible nuisance. Many of these people can be found working at homeless shelters where they provide vital, life-saving services to the homeless population. All homeless shelters provide an essential service by offering a warm bed and respite from the harsh outdoors, but there are some all-star shelters around the country that go above and beyond, offering more than just a place to stay to the homeless people that come through their doors. Here are just a few of the ones that stand out:

  1. N Street Village: Washington, DC

N Street Village in Washington DC is so much more than just a homeless shelter. On its website, the shelter describes itself as “a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C.” In addition to offering emergency services, the shelter realizes that homelessness is an ongoing struggle for most, so they take a holistic approach to homelessness and also address long-term needs through a variety of services including housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. The shelter was awarded the Washington Post Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award, as well as several other awards. They’ve also hosted famous visitors such as the Dalai Lama and White House officials- celebrity chef Sunny Anderson even hosted a cooking class there and competed in Chopped to donate her winnings to the organization!

2. The Action Center: Lakewood, CO

This shelter certainly lives up to its name! Its mission is to “provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.” In addition to offering food, clothing, and shelter, The Action Center also offers programs to address the root of the problem and help residents obtain self-sufficiency. “We don’t want to just put a band-aid on issues,” the website states. “We want to get to the root of what is causing their financial instability, with the ultimate goal being self-sufficiency.”

3. Sunnyvale Community Services: Sunnyvale, CA

In addition to having a sunny name and being located in sunny state of California, this shelter exudes optimism. “Sunnyvale Community Services is here for our neighbors in their time of need,” they state. They recognize that 96% of their clients have incomes under 200% of the poverty level, and 39% of the people they serve are children. To that end, their mission is not only to assist with the issue of homelessness, but to prevent it. They offer financial services and monthly food programs in addition to traditional services.

4. The Lord’s Place: West Palm Beach, FL

This Florida shelter offers a nurturing environment for residents to live up to their full potential. They are “committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness” by offering their residents job training, transitional work experiences, and employment opportunities. According to their website, they provided supportive housing to 337 men, women, and children in 2015 and 96 formerly-homeless people found employment through their training and education programs.

5. Pacific House: Stamford, CT

Pacific House, formerly known as Shelter for the Homeless, in Stamford, Connecticut is a men’s shelter with the mission to end homelessness in their community. They changed their name to reflect their aspirations that extend far beyond just providing food and shelter. In addition to providing overnight emergency shelter for homeless men in the region, the shelter is able to offer a variety of support services thanks to donations, such as social services, clinical services, and vocational services.

6. Coalition for the Homeless: New York, NY

Founded in 1981, the Coalition for the Homeless is “the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.” Much more than just a homeless shelter, they believe every New Yorker deserves a home and they treat affordable housing, substantial food, and the opportunity to work for a liveable wage to as basic human rights. Therefore, they implement strategies with the goal of ending mass homelessness in New York City. Programs offered include food, crisis services, housing, job training, youth programs, and advocacy.

If you go to the websites of any of these fine organizations (links provided), you can make a charitable contribution. If want to make a difference but don’t have the means to make a donation right now, then just take a little time to understand homelessness, and the next time you see a homeless person on the streets, don’t turn a blind eye.

 

How To Attract Employees That Like Doing Social Good

How To Attract Employees That Like Doing Social Good

In recent years, people are becoming increasingly interested in working for companies that make a difference in the world. In order to attract talent, many corporate executives have started including volunteer campaigns in their business models. In fact, a number of companies have even made positions dedicated to pro bono work and volunteer initiatives.

Pro-bono advocate group abillionpluschange.org states that more than 6,400 full-time employees from over 500 American companies are delivering $2 billion worth of pro bono service to help nonprofits meet their needs. The key is to create opportunities for skills-based service so that your employees can build their skills while feeling proud of the social good they are doing. So how exactly can you create a successful program that attracts these employees who want to make a difference? Here are a few tips for creating a volunteer culture in your company’s workplace:

1. Find the right projects for your employees.

In order to offer skills-based volunteer opportunities to your employees, you need to connect with a nonprofit. If you don’t have existing ties to a nonprofit, finding one to work with can be daunting. Instead of looking for the right nonprofit, you should encourage your employees to join volunteer networks that let them leverage their interests and skills. This is will help your company develop its leaders while also doing good in your community and attracting more employees who are interested in making the world a better place. Additionally, this will keep your current employees happy so that they are more likely to stay with your company long-term.

2. Join a volunteer database.

It only takes a few minutes to join a volunteer database. Volunteers can sync their LinkedIn accounts in order to complete online profiles, or they can input their information manually. On a volunteer database, potential volunteers can search through a number of volunteer opportunities. A volunteer can express interest in a project invitation, at which time the nonprofit will email the volunteer to discuss the project further. If the project meets the needs of both the nonprofit and the volunteer, the two begin working together. These tools are a great way to build partnerships.

3. Make sure the volunteers are satisfied.

According to a 2013 study by True Impact, those who do skills-based volunteering are more likely to report high satisfaction than those who do hands-on volunteering. Skills-based volunteers are able to work on a variety of projects from budget assistance to grant writing. They are also able to dedicate their time to helping a number of important causes. It’s no wonder they feel rewarded. Still, it is important that you check in with your employees to make sure they are satisfied in the work they are doing. Make sure they are doing a variety of tasks and exercising their skills in the best way possible.

With the growing culture of corporate responsibility that is popping up at successful companies all throughout the country, it’s important that each company does its part. This way, you can build a positive reputation for your company, increase employee satisfaction and attract new employees, all while making a positive impact on your community.

 

4 Ways To Give Back As A Real Estate Agent

When you’re a real estate agent, it’s important that you connect with your community. One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to connect with your community is through philanthropic efforts. When you give back, you give your realty company a positive reputation and you help the community around you. Here are a few ways that real estate agents can give back:

1. Have a food drive in your market area.

If you don’t want to knock on doors just to promote your business, you can go door to door for a good cause such as a food drive. Shannon Brooks, an agent at Engel & Völkers Downtown Minneapolis, does this each fall and spring. She goes around to every home in her farm dropping off branded grocery bags. She knocks on each door and asks the residents to put any non-perishable food items that they would like to donate to local food shelves. Brooks’ efforts started off with plain paper bags, but as the initiative grew, she started to use a branded bag with her name and brand as well as her lender and title partner’s brands.

2. Have a school supply drive.

Heather Cox, an agent at Modern Broker, Visalia, California, decided that a great way to give back would be to hold a school supply drive in her market area. She sent out a brand postcard which included a list of supplies that were needed in the school district. This initiative allowed her to engage with her target audience while promoting an important cause.

3. Collect pet supplies for your local animal shelter.

Heather Cox had so much success with her school supply drive that she decided to host a pet supply drive. Just as schools often run out of supplies, so do pet shelters. During the holidays when many people are strapped for money, it can be hard to people to take care of all of their pets’ needs. Cox collected pet supplies for her local SPCA chapter, thus doing her part to help local animals while also getting her company’s name out there.

4. Hold a silent auction where the proceeds go to an organization you care about.

Steve deGuzman, a principal broker at Engel & Völkers Denver South, was one of the first people to do silent auctions for restaurant openings. He has brought that practice to real estate, getting Engel & Völkers to hold a silent auction for the grand opening of their office. The proceeds of this auction went to the Special Olympics, which Engel & Völkers sponsor internationally. They even had two gold medalists from their state attend the event and participate with the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Just because you work for a real estate firm rather than a nonprofit organization doesn’t mean you can’t give back. When your business participates in community service, people within the community get to know and trust your business. When you work real estate, that’s pretty important. But even with the positive reputation your company is likely to earn, the best part about giving back is the rewarding feeling of making the world a better place.

How to Create a Blog for Your Charity

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Not only does developing a blog help you to establish another platform for connecting with interested parties, but it also allows you to increase your SEO efforts. Familiarizing yourself with SEO, short for search engine optimization, is a staple for a modern website owner. When you incorporate a blog, you can move up the list on search engine results pages, and you can create a more favorable presentation of yourself to the public.

Choose a Reputable Platform
Starting a blog isn’t as simple as just writing a bunch of content and releasing it onto the internet. Instead, start your quest by selecting a reputable platform for your blogging. Opting for a platform allows you access to tools and features that can enhance the success of your blog. Proceed with a cautious eye at this point, however. Giving your money to a questionable service can leave you with some serious budget problems. Conduct research on different platforms, and select one that has a positive reputation in the blogging community.

Establish a Writing Stance
If you are only casually interested in starting a blog, you may sporadically put together pieces. However, those who are serious about blogging will assemble a team of writers. You may decide to cull from your current employees, or you might opt to put out an advertisement for new talent. In either case, ensure that the writers are professional and know how to properly employ grammar, syntax and diction in ways that are compelling to your readers.

Create a Tone
Chances are, you will have different people blogging for you at various points throughout the life of the blog. Infusing different voices helps to keep the content interesting and engaging, but you do want a sense of cohesion among the posts. Sit down with your team of writers to decide what the overall aim here. For example, many companies decide that they want blogs written with a more casual tone. While academic research papers often shun contractions, many blogs welcome them because that is how people speak.

Update Content Regularly
Creating one blog post per day might prove impossible or arduous, especially when you are just starting out or have only a small pool of writers. However, you do not want the content to grow stale. Old content does not tend to do well with search engine rankings. Also, people are coming to the blog because they want to read new information. If they see the same posts every time that they visit, they will likely eventually stop coming entirely.

Include Media
Content marketing is huge right now in the world of search engine optimization, and blogging is one avenue for accomplishing that goal, but you also need to incorporate visual media. You may wonder why ranking high in search engines is important. The main reason is that when people want to support a charity, you want them to find and help you. Incorporating videos and images into your blogs can help to drive more traffic to the site and allow you to better help people in need.

Link to Social Media
Another powerful way to use your blog is to link to social media accounts. For example, maybe your charity recently held an event, and you want to detail it in the blog. Loading the page with too many pictures can slow it down, leading to fewer long-term visitors to your site. Therefore, you can probably a couple of photos and then direct visitors to check out your social media pages for the rest. Therefore, they will find yet another venue through which they can connect with you.

Platform for Conversation
You do not want your voice to be the only one that has a presence on your blog. Instead, allow people to discuss the topics by opening up the comments section of your blog. Individuals can talk with one another about relevant issues. Make sure that you have a moderator for these comments. You want to ensure that inappropriate language or links do not find a way into the material; therefore, checking the blog comments regularly is necessary.

Following these steps will allow you to take a major step into the world of blogging and make your presence known. Then, your charity can begin to receive more support, not only from the local community, but also from the more global community.

Why Volunteering is Good for YOU

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Spending time volunteering to support a local group or cause is not only a good way to give back to your community, but it is also proven to be good for you. 

Many people spend time wishing that they had more time to give back. Wanting to give back and do good is a great start, but finding the time is another story. It’s time to make volunteering a priority, and these reasons why should help give you some extra motivation. There are so many different ways that volunteering is good for you.

Think of the word “volunteers” and you might picture a group of people so generous that they put aside the fun things in life – say, relaxing at home or watching a movie on the couch – in favor of spending their time at soup kitchens and nursing homes. And yet, oddly enough, people who volunteer are often happier than those who don’t – whether they give their free time at a shelter or take on a prominent role in their town. So why is this?

Volunteering Is Good For Your Health

It might seem counterintuitive, but helping others can actually be a selfish way to spend time. Volunteers aren’t just happier than other people, they’re also healthier, with less likelihood of having a number of serious health conditions. Performing volunteer work could increase physical activity among people who aren’t otherwise very active. Even more surprising, people who spend time volunteering may feel they have more free time than those who don’t. They have learned the art of multitasking and get the self-satisfaction of feeling more efficient as a result.

Volunteering Is Good For Your Career

If more happiness and better health aren’t enough to convince you to take the time to volunteer, what about career advancement? For people who are unemployed or recent graduates who haven’t found a job in their field, volunteering can be a great way to get experience, make new connections, and even potentially turn it into a job opportunity. Few organizations will pass up free help with building databases, running fundraising campaigns, or designing marketing materials – all of these can be great resume enhancers. Even high-level professionals often find that volunteering on the board of a local charity teaches them new things about managing an organization. It also adds appeal to your resume! The desire to give back is an attractive trait in employees that any company would be happy to have more of.

How To Volunteer

Of course, not every kind of volunteer work is for everyone. But, fortunately, there is a huge range of organizations looking for free help, and they’re seeking a huge range of talents. Do you like building things? Find a local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Love animals? Your local animal shelter is probably looking for someone to walk the dogs or help with adorable cats. You’ll be a better volunteer, and more likely to keep at it, if you find something that you enjoy!

For many people, volunteer work is an extension of other parts of their lives. Parents are especially likely to volunteer, and for many of them that means helping at their kids’ school, coaching a Little League team, or leading a scouting troop. Many older volunteers – and plenty of younger ones too – join their churches in service projects in the local neighborhood or halfway around the world.

In some cases, the ideal volunteer job may be one that happens only occasionally. That could be helping to organize a team for the American Cancer Society‘s popular Relay for Life events or taking part in a holiday food drive. On the other hand, a regular gig like a once-a-week shift at a food pantry can help build lasting relationships with other volunteers and be less disruptive to your routine.

Speaking of routine, one great motivator for many volunteers is support from the organization that takes up the bulk of their time – their employer. Some companies encourage workers to support local organizations by offering a few paid days a year for helping out. Others roundup employees in a big annual push like local United Way branches’ Days of Caring. Bosses find these events are also excellent for team building because they bring people from different parts of the company together in a new setting. And local organizations like them because people who spend one day volunteering are likely to come back for more.

It can be hard to get started, trust me I know, but people who have helped out with an organization a few times tend to see how what they’re doing is generous as well as helpful to themselves at the same time!

Fundraising for Charity

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Raising money for a specific cause or charity can be more difficult than you may think – that’s why it’s important to go about fundraising in a creative way. When fundraising is implemented creatively, you can avoid the hassle that comes with boring, repetitive fundraising techniques that most people don’t get too thrilled about. Instead, help people get motivated to donate by engaging in a fun activity within the community. Here are a few ideas of how you can set up a unique fundraiser for a great cause:

First, get the children involved. Let’s face it – people of all ages become inspired when they see young children participating in an event for charity. Whether it’s a dance recital, a play, or a sports event, parents and other donors will undoubtedly be influenced to support their children and help raise money for the cause.

Next, organizing a competition is a great way to raise money for a charity – just make sure you have everything planned out beforehand. There are plenty of options to choose from here – you can host a fashion show, a pie-eating competition, or even a basketball shooting competition in your community that everyone will want to participate in. These types of events not only get people excited to participate in, but they raise the level of community involvement and bring everyone together.

Third, host a dance-a-thon – because who wouldn’t want to go dancing for charity? The way you market this event is key because there are very different types of people for your target audience. You can speak towards couples, dance teams, athletic teams, elderly men and women, and children alike to give them each a different experience to look forward to in order to raise money for a great charity.Stephen Geri fundraising ideas

Lastly, we live in an age where people are aware of the importance of health and fitness, and are increasingly becoming involved with various fitness events – so use one for a fundraiser! Not only will you be supporting a good cause, but people will want to be involved with an event that benefits their own body and brings people together through good health. So, set up a 5K within your town, or host a yoga or zumba fitness class outside in a park – there are plenty of options you can use here, and community member will love it!

For more information on how to start a fundraising for a nonprofit organization, please read this article published on Udemyblog.com

 

Corporate Philanthropy

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Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to do something? Even if you had every intention of doing whatever it was— cleaning up the dinner dishes, making your bed, putting on a hat in the cold— being told to do it just irked you a little bit.

Truth be told, that feeling rarely dies off in adulthood. Just ask Tom Gimbel, Founder and CEO of LaSalle network. Gimbel realized that if corporations wanted to be actively involved in any charity, it was disastrous to force that participation on employees. Instead, it’s best for leadership to take a hands-off approach, and let their employees figure out exactly what it is they want to be involved with. In this way, corporate philanthropy becomes much more intrinsic— employees are helping because they want to help.

Gimbel realized this when an employee began circulating emails about a dance marathon for charity. At first, the CEO was reluctant to let such activity continue. After all, so many emails that no one is reading can be annoying. Or worse, it opens the floodgates for everyone to send their own related emails and gum up the system.

So Gimbel investigated. When he approached the employee responsible for the email that he saw, he quickly learned that she wasn’t blindly casting a net to her coworkers. That is, she wasn’t the only one involved. In fact, there were five others who were participating in the same activities. Soon the number was ten, and it only grew more from there. 30 employees and what one can assume were several emails later, Gimbel joined in. The result was a fun and productive outing that mattered to everyone involved.

Too often, company executives pick their own favorite charity and make everyone else pitch in. But it can be argued that a grudging giver may not as well give at all. Gimbel suggests letting your employees lead you towards your next charitable action to create a lasting culture of giving.

 

Philanthropy Demographics

When you understand participant demographics, you can optimize your organization for success— and philanthropy is no different. A report by Forbes took a closer look at the habits of donors across several generations, and the results are pretty encouraging.

But before we get into the actual breakdown, consider that over half of adult Americans are giving to charity— 60% to be exact, according to this 2013 article by Care2. So right out of the gate, it’s clear that most Americans have no problem with giving.

The question is how are they giving, and to whom? That’s where the Forbes article comes in. While religious and social service organizations constitute the majority of donor recipients across all generations, the runner up varies widely between demographics.

Gen X’ers and Millennials tend to allocate their gifts toward children’s causes, while Boomers are more likely to give to veterans’ organizations. Just as interesting is the method by which donors prefer being approached. Across the board, donors from all walks of life appreciate it when a friend or loved one (or their kids!) approach them with a request for donations. However, Gen Y donors didn’t respond kindly to telephone solicitations; Boomers on the other hand, were increasingly giving via online.

There is a wealth of information out there, and it’s a no-brainer that your organization should take a hard look at it in it’s path to optimize how they reach others!

 

8 Ways To Give Back To Your Community

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Volunteer!

This one seems obvious enough, right? There are always lots of places looking for volunteers. From working with kids at an after school program to helping to facilitate an event, the opportunities to help out and volunteer a few hours of your time are plentiful. Even if you don’t think you’re particularly talented, you may be able to help a someone (or several people!) learn a new skill, It just takes a phone call and a little patience.

Double Your Next Batch

Next time you’re baking for a family or work event, consider doubling your batch and bringing the extras to a local police station, veteran club, senior home or soup kitchen. You’re already baking your specialty anyway, and all it usually takes is a few extra scoops of flour and sugar! There are plenty of places out there filled with hard working people who will appreciate your skills!

Make New Friends At The Shelter

Animal shelters are almost always looking for extra help, and volunteering has never been so cute or rewarding. While there might be some unglamorous tasks, on occasion, you’ll also get to spend some quality time with some really loving, adorable animals, and nothing beats that!

Organize A Clothing Sale

Ask locals to donate clothing and accessories, and re-label them for reasonable resale prices. Donate all the proceeds from the sale to a local charity and then donate any of the remaining unpurchased clothes to a local shelter.

Paint A Mural

Consider organizing a mural painting somewhere in town. There’s bound to be a blank wall that could use a little beautifying somewhere along your daily route. Gather a few friends, approach the owner with your idea, and see about making a masterpiece that everyone can enjoy!

Share Your Pet

Your pet makes you smile and can be very therapeutic, so maybe theycan make someone else happy too! Consider bringing your pet to a local senior center, veteran’s club or hospital to bring some joy to the residents. Of course, this may not be the right choice for every pet or every location, so be sure to consider the demeanor of your pet, the needs of the patients, and the policy of the location before you try giving back in this way.

Tutor The Community

We’ve all got something we’re good at, and if you’re lucky enough to be good at long division or skilled in Spanish conjugations, consider sharing your smarts with local students. Many schools and afterschool programs would be happy to take on a volunteer to help students improve.

Visit Local Seniors

Senior Centers will almost always take volunteers, and usually all they ask of you is to give your company. It’s often as simple as saying hellp and listiening to some wonderful stories. Maybe a fun round of cards or bingo? You can also read to them, run a dance or art class, give residents manicures… whatever! It’s all about spending time together, that’s what really matters.