8 Ways To Give Back To Your Community During The Holidays, from the Rotary Santa Run
The holidays tend to bring out the best in people when it comes to lending their time, money, or assistance to charitable causes.
By: JRS MarCom
1. SPONSOR A FAMILY IN NEED.
Many local charities arrange for donors to pair up with disadvantaged families during the holidays so they can help fulfill wish lists for presents, pantry goods, or other items. You'll typically be given information on clothing sizes, gift ideas, and other details that can make a tremendous difference in a household less fortunate than your own.
2. VISIT A NURSING HOME.
Despite their communal living situation, residents of senior living facilities can struggle with loneliness and isolation. Those feelings can be compounded during the holidays, which is why many activity directors of nursing homes welcome visits from people in the community. To arrange a date, you can phone the director and see if they're amenable to children, pets, or other ways of engaging residents. Ideally, you wouldn't make this a one-off—assisted living locations love to welcome guests on a regular basis to help form friendships with occupants.
3. VOLUNTEER DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER.
Homeless shelters and soup kitchens are always in need of a helping hand. When bad weather hits, they can sometimes become overwhelmed with the increased demand for space and food. Local churches will sometimes open overflow centres, and you can contribute to their efforts by lending your assistance. Check with your local housing department to see if your area could use the help.
Click here for the other five ways, including information on participating in the Rotary Santa Run! The Rotary Santa Run has donated over $250,000 in its 12 years of operation, primarily through the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights' Grant Program. To participate in the longest-running, most fun run in the area, register for the Rotary Santa Run.