November 21, 2018
The Thanksgiving holiday has expanded to so much more than just good food and gratitude with family. Thanksgiving also ushers in the official start to the holiday season, when many people celebrate not only by purchasing gifts for friends and family, but by spreading love and cheer to those in need.
“Giving Tuesday,” the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a great opportunity to kick off the season on a high note. While the word “giving” may bring a monetary donation to mind, there are lots of other ways to give (though if you’d like to make a donation to United Way this year, click here)!
Here are a few simple ideas you can do by yourself, with a friend, or with your family on #GivingTuesday:
- Collect winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves in youth sizes (ages 4-17) to help local kids stay warm this winter. Donations can come to Mary Lou’s Closet at the Johnson Control’s Volunteer Center!
- Bake cookies and visit with an elderly neighbor who could use some company.
- Write a note of encouragement to a local family receiving a Winter Recess Meal Kit, which helps combat hunger over children’s winter break from school.
- Use your skills to help others! Volunteer to teach older adults how to use a computer at your local library branch, or offer to teach a class at a local nonprofit (some fun class ideas: journaling, meditation, painting, budgeting, dance, etc.).
- Sign up to volunteer with Vello, an online program that links volunteer tutors/reading assistants with local students using your computer or smartphone.
- Say thank you and smile at everyone who helps you today!
- Serve a meal or help at a local food pantry. These needs continue all year round, and lots of local nonprofits have regular programs to ensure everyone in our community has access to nutritious food.
- While you’re shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, pick up some extra food, clothing, or home items and donate to a local nonprofit or shelter.
- Browse thousands of volunteer opportunities on United Way’s Volunteers United portal to find a project that fits your interests and schedule.
Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for YOU!