Giving back to communities and other people in need during the holidays is a strong tradition for many people. This year though, it may be more important than ever to offer some relief to a world that has been profoundly impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. Some people have lost loved ones, others have lost their jobs, and many have found that their whole industries have collapsed almost completely and might not find it easy to get a job soon.
Giving back can be a very rewarding thing, but it can also help inspire others to do the same, and then the wholesome effect gets compounded, helping more and more people out of dire situations.
We’ve prepared this quick guide to assist you if you want to help out but don’t know where or how to start.
What are you able to donate?
Anything you are able to give is both welcome and needed, but first you need to find out exactly what you can donate before you commit to anything. You might find that you can donate money or products, or you may be able to donate your time, or maybe the sweet spot for you is a mixture of these resources. Whatever the case may be, make sure to determine exactly what you can give.
What is your goal?
There are many different ways to give back, and so it is a great idea to think about what your overall goal is. Do you want your donation to have a global impact? Maybe you want to help your neighborhood instead. Or maybe you would like to benefit a specific group of people such as homeless women or veterans. Once you determine what your goal is, you can start looking for charities that are aligned with that goal.
With so many non-profit organizations and charities around, it is important that you make sure that your resources actually help the intended parties, instead of getting caught in shady or corrupt organizations. There are many third-party evaluators online that can help you with your research.
There are many ways to give back to your community that don’t require much due diligence. For starters you can purchase your gifts this year at companies that give back a portion of their sales to different charities and organizations. From smartphone cases, to red Apple products, to socks and shoes, and even massagers, it is likely that you can buy gifts on your list that will be great for more than just the recipient.
Other simple ways of helping out is to volunteer at a soup kitchen during the holidays, volunteering at your kid’s school, becoming a coach or mentor, donating blood, donating food, visiting children’s hospitals, or helping your neighbors out.