“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Donate Time or Money
Have your family help out at a soup kitchen; donate money or things you no longer need to a charity. Local charities such as MUST Ministries convert your donated clothing, books, toys and household items into cash for their shelters, food pantries and job training programs. No matter what surplus you have, there is always someone in need.
Several volunteer programs bring comfort to people of all ages: you can cuddle babies awaiting adoption in a neonatal intensive care unit; perform tasks for homebound seniors; visit with sick patients; your dog can be trained and certified as a therapy dog; your family, friends, or co-workers can bond as a group while being kind to others.
Share Your Skills
Sharing your professional skills with people in need adds value to the local workforce while boosting your own skillset. It might be the most rewarding way to help someone achieve financial self-sufficiency. Here’s how you can make an impact:
Be an Active Citizen
Volunteer for the betterment of your city. Young people benefit from the training and work experience they receive, and adults get a chance to enrich their lives. Choose a cause you care about—the environment, animals, children welfare, health and human services, public safety, emergency response, education, historic preservation and legal services.
Shop, Eat and Play Locally
Shopping online is convenient, but when you buy goods at a local store, your dollars strengthen your home economy and connection to your community. Supporting local businesses is a powerful act that helps sustain jobs in your neighborhood.