The holiday season is full of excitement and wonder, but it can also be stressful for many families. Giving back to your community is a great way to spread joy while providing help to those in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an increased need for support across many communities during the holiday season. Explore how you can give back to your local community and help those in need. How do you plan to give back to your local community this year? We share a few tips below for how you can give back this holiday season.
Volunteer With a Local Organization
COVID-19 has increased the demand for food banks, shelters, and meal services. During the busy holiday season, contact local organizations and see if they could use an in-person volunteer—just remember to wash your hands frequently, wear a face mask, and practice social distancing as much as possible.
Support Organizations Remotely
Not able to volunteer in-person? See if there is something you can do remotely! Partner with local organizations remotely by engaging in campaign fundraisers, leveraging social media to raise awareness, or participate in a call campaign. Don’t be afraid to get creative—you never know how your talents could be of use. Perhaps you could create a new logo for their organization, write an email for their end of year campaign, call donors, or provide pro bono financial advice.
Donate, Donate, Donate!
Clothing, household goods, food, toys—these are all things that people need year-round, especially during the holidays. Many organizations rely on in-person fundraisers for financial support but a lot of events were canceled this year. Consider making a monetary donation—and don’t forget that you’ll receive a tax receipt from 501(c)3 registered organizations.
Donating blood or plasma is another great way to give back, especially if you’ve recently recovered from COVID-19.
Send Words of Encouragement to Those Who Are Struggling
There’s never been a better time to let someone know you’re thinking of them! The holidays can be difficult for many people, and the pandemic has added a lot of stress to our plates. Take some time to reach out to a friend, family member, or colleague. Send a holiday card, plan a virtual get-together, or just pick up the phone and give them a call.
On behalf of all of us at DMI Marketing, we wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy holiday season! Take care of yourselves and one another—we’re all in this together.