After all the food and football, leftovers aren’t the only thing you can expect after Thanksgiving. Buyers can comb through the offers delivered onand , stock up on gifts for the holidays. However, there is another post-Thanksgiving tradition that you might want to join in: Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday – November 30, 2021, this year – is a day for people across the country to come together and give back to their communities. Since its inception, the movement has raised billions of dollars for nonprofits across the spectrum: whether it’s for at-risk youth, the environment, or pet adoptions.
And while money is incredibly important, there are other ways to help besides giving money: you can volunteer for a nonprofit, for example, or donate your old clothes to shelter. You can even just be nice to your neighbor. If you want to give this party back, here’s what you can do for your community on #GivingTuesday.
Share your skills
Donating is always a great way to help your community, but it’s not just about money. You can also donate your skills and your time, which is sometimes more useful. An accountant may offer to file taxes for a nonprofit organization for free. A doctor could bring his or her health care experience to help those in need of medical care. If you’re particularly good at marketing and have a large following on social media, you can start a tweet and help spread the word about a good cause.
Whatever your skills, there is bound to be something you can offer to others. If you’re not sure how you can help, check out a website like Catchafire, which specializes in matching qualified volunteers with potential organizations.
Donate money or essential items
If you don’t have time to donate your skills, you can always donate money or goods to those in need. A good place to start is to donate canned foods, clothing, blankets, and other essentials. Anything you offer will certainly be appreciated.
Call the organizations you want to help and see what they need. If it is an animal shelter, it will likely need animal food or money to cover boarding costs. If it is a women’s shelter, it will often need items like toiletries, clothing, and food, and may also accept items like makeup and unused magazines. You can even donate blood, which is especially critical given the severe shortage.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while making a difference. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people, as well as learn new skills while doing something worth doing.
If you’re not sure where to start, a quick Google search can help you find an organization you’re interested in. You can also use VolunteerMatch to find volunteer opportunities in your city. Maybe it is helping out at an animal shelter, visiting the elderly, or planting trees for restoration. Whatever you choose is a start to helping those in need in your community.
Finally, be kind to everyone you see and meet. Acts of kindness can include paying for coffee for the next person in line, giving a compliment, or simply saying “thank you” to people you like.
You can also leave friendly notes in your neighbor’s mailbox, especially during this time when he or she may be home alone. Offer to take anything from the store if it’s an elderly neighbor who can’t. A simple act of kindness lets someone know that you care and that they are being taken care of.