Three Ways to Give Back to Your Community
Here are ways you can help others in your area
Looking for a way to beat the winter blues? Reaching out to those in need can help you cultivate feelings of happiness and gratitude. In addition, volunteering is a good way to meet new friends and feel connected to your community.
Whether you live in the country or the city, there are opportunities to give. To help you get started, here are three places to donate time, money, or goods:
1. Food pantries
Food pantries provide healthy, nutritious ingredients for meals to those who experience food insecurity. To help families in need, consider hosting a food drive in your neighborhood, making a monetary donation, or going to a food pantry with friends and family to help assemble food kits.
2. Homeless shelters
Shelters for the homeless exist in many communities. During the cold winter months, people need a hot meal and a warm place to stay the night. Shelters appreciate donations of gently used coats, hats, gloves, mittens, warm clothing, boots, shoes, and warm socks. In addition, many shelters are in need of volunteers to serve meals every day.
3. Domestic violence crisis centers
These centers provide transitional housing, job training, counseling, and a safe environment to help survivors of domestic violence feel empowered. Donations of new or gently used clothing for babies, children, and adults are appreciated. Other useful items include toys, towels, blankets, and baby formula.
SelectHealth is pleased to support many nonprofit organizations. If you would like to see a list of organizations like these in your community, visit select25.org.
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