The holidays are here, and so is the season of giving. Volunteering your time and donating funds not only helps others — it helps you, too.
By showing compassion and empathy to those in need, you can deepen your sense of connection to your community and boost your mental health.
Over the next few weeks, the GivePulse team will share ideas and inspiration to fuel your holiday season of giving.
In this short guide, we'll discuss ways to give back to people, organizations and communities this holiday season.
It's a critical time of year for nonprofit fundraising, and many could use an influx of funds to help support communities during the winter months. Monetary donations can help nonprofits increase their impact and get resources to the people who need them most.
Can't afford to donate funds? Consider giving an in-kind gift instead. Many organizations are looking for items like clothing, toys and food. Use GivePulse to search for opportunities near you.
Become a Volunteer
There is no greater gift you can give than your time and talent. Volunteering for a worthy cause during this giving season can have a huge impact on your community. Here are just a few ways you can get involved during the holiday season:
- Foster a pet.
- Visit hospital or hospice patients.
- Help sort and distribute donations at a food bank.
- Tutor local students.
- Help people experiencing homelessness apply for jobs or file for unemployment.
- Sign up for a shift at a local toy drive.
Whatever your passion and skillset, there is a volunteering role for you. Use GivePulse to search and filter local volunteer opportunities.
Do a Random Act of Kindness
Did you know that doing a random act of kindness every day can make you healthier? Acts of kindness don't have to be grand. They can be as small as sending a fellow volunteer a note of appreciation or thanking your local animal shelter staff for everything they do.
When you make giving a part of your routine, it will soon come naturally to you. Challenge yourself to do something nice for someone else every day. You might be surprised by how much happier you feel!
Giving Joy With GivePulse
The holidays are a time to give back, and GivePulse is here to power your season of giving. Our platform connects volunteers and donors with the causes that matter most to them.
We provide all the tools you need to find opportunities to get involved with your community, whether you're looking to donate money and resources or volunteer. Can't make it in person? Use our platform to seek out virtual volunteering opportunities.
No matter how you like to give back, GivePulse is here to make it easy!
Ready to get started? Use GivePulse to search for opportunities near you!
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