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Easy Ways to Give Back to the Community

January 13, 2017

I always feel so incredibly blessed during this time of year. Despite having spent all of my money on Christmas gifts and having usually gained 5+ lbs thanks to all of the holiday cookies in the office, January is a rose-tinted month for me in every way. Maybe it’s the last of the high from spending time with family on Christmas or the fact that the year is still so fresh, I’m extremely grateful for everything and everyone in my life.

So why not spread the love through giving back to the community?

I feel like there’s this idea that you need tons of money and/or tons of time to give back to the community, but that really isn’t the case! All you have to do is combine your passions and talents and you can make a big difference for someone else.

Here are a few easy ideas to give back to the community:

Coach a local youth team

I was actually talking about this with my boyfriend this past weekend and he said that this is something that he really wants to get involved in once he’s more settled. In high school I used to coach my sister’s recreational soccer team and also volunteered in a program called ‘Soccer Buddies,’ where I worked with special needs children every Saturday. Neither took up much of my time but were so much fun and totally worth the few hours commitment.

Donate clothes to Goodwill

Cleaning out your closet is surprisingly therapeutic, as I’ve discovered in the past few weeks. Plus I find Goodwill’s mission statement to be truly inspirational and believe that no matter a person’s circumstances, they should be provided employment.

Cook at the Ronald McDonald House

My sorority’s main philanthropy when I was in college was The Ronald McDonald House and while we would do the normal monetary fundraising, my favorite volunteer opportunity was when we got to cook for the families staying in the house. Cooking is always fun, as is hanging out with friends for an hour or two, but knowing that you’re helping a family with a sick child, even in such a small way, is truly moving.

Visit local seniors

I love my grandparents and see them fairly regularly, so I can’t imagine them living in a home with no family to visit. Go hang out with them and talk with them, because we all know older people have the most bad ass stories of growing up!

Give blood

Confession: I’ve never given blood before. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time now but the idea of putting a needle in my arm makes me little queasy. It’s so easy though and can help so many different people, that I’ll eventually get over my fear and do it.

Buy local and from brands that you know give back with every purchase made

Buying local, whether it’s clothes or food, is always so much for me because you’re getting unique items that aren’t being replicated all over the world/ aren’t being exploited by big corporations for their own gain.

Run for charities

With all of the New Year’s resolutions to be fitter and healthier, this idea is almost too easy! You can either run in a race hosted by your favorite charity or spread the word through friends, family, and social media that you’re raising money for your favorite charity and are looking for donation pledges.

Become an organ donor

Out of all the ideas I listed above, becoming an organ donor is definitely the easiest. All you have to do is hit a yes button while getting your driver’s license and you’re all set up. This way if anything happens, you can improve and maybe even save the lives of others and just one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

I also participate in monthly monetary donations to various charities but if you’re interested in doing so, make sure to do your homework! I’d recommend checking out Charity Navigator to be sure that your charity of choice is really using the donations received for what they say they will do.

What are your favorite ways to give back to the community?

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  • reneejessome

    So many great ideas here! We’ve recently cleaned out our closet and have two huge bags ready to donate. I love doing stuff like that. Giving blood is definitely something I want to do once I get the all clear of my pregnancy-related anemia!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • I actually really love the idea of my clothes getting a second life, which sounds weird but oh well!

  • I had a relaxing Friday Morning reading your ideas and this has got me pumped to get back in the routine of helping others in the community. My favourite would be volunteering at youth organizations, the homework club at my old middle school is one that I commit heavily to. Happy Friday 🙂

    xo, Yasmin

    http://wwww.iamyasmin.ca

    • I would absolutely love to volunteer with kids at some point! I’m probably not smart enough to help with homework (math will forever be my downfall), but I’d love to coach a team or lead group activities!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    What a wonderful idea for a post and I can say I’ve done many of these. As our boys were growing up, we wanted to teach them the importance of giving back so we would volunteer at local food pantry’s, give to Goodwill, make sure when they got their drivers license they were donors and they were involved in many volunteer activities at school. I hope you have a most wonderful weekend beautiful girl, you’re just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside!

    • One of my goals for this year is to get more involved in the community, especially by volunteering at local soup kitchens. I’ve been so blessed in life and I love giving back!

  • Such a great idea and love your suggestions. Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Biana Perez

    I could definitely do better about giving back – I usually volunteer through work but could be better about it on my own! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I feel the exact same way! I would love to spend more of my time with one-on-one interaction!

  • Nia Langley

    Great suggestions! Giving back is so important; it helps better other lives and our own.

    nialangleyspeaks.blogspot.com

  • What a fantastic post, girl! I love your suggestions for giving back. I often donate to the Goodwill or Salvation Army and have volunteered at nursing homes to spend time with the elderly. I was so surprised by the lack of visitation many of them received, specifically those with mental disorders, it was so sad, yet rewarding to know that I would spend time with them and help make them happy for the time being. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • I used to volunteer at a retirement home in high school and throughout college and I always loved hearing their stories and getting to spend time with them because they reminded me of my grandparents. It absolutely breaks my heart that a decent amount of the older folks don’t have any visitors or family!

  • I give my old clothes to charity and I’ve always meant to give blood, so that’s something to do at some point this year! Thanks for the suggestions, Courtney

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Giving blood is definitely on my list of things to do this year! I’m not a fan of needles but I believe that I can get over my fear for a good deed.

  • Violette

    These are the loveliest things we can do for giving back and share the love to people around us, and I think it’s so important!

    http://violettedaily.com

    • Giving back really is so important!!

  • Allie Mackin

    Yes it is important to be greatful for what you have in life and give back and pay it forward especially in these trying times. I did a post on this too, so timely.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Even the smallest good deeds can completely change a person’s day!

  • Kate

    Love all these ideas! It’s so important to give back
    -Kate
    http://www.katekoutures.com/

  • you must be an adpi then! pi love sista!!

  • Love this post! So important to give back year round. We always donate clothes to goodwill!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

    • I definitely agree! I feel like there’s an emphasis on giving back around the holidays, but it’s so important to help others year round!

  • Wangeci Ndegwa

    I love this post. It is very informative. Enjoy your weekend.
    http://www.itgirl.co.ke

  • La Veine

    Amazing tips. It’s important to spread the love! 🙂

    LA VEINE

    • I totally agree! Spreading the love is so important!

  • Dolce Nina

    Love these tips! xoxo

  • Thats really important amazing post!!

    http://www.brooklynglam.com/

    • Thank you!! I just feel that it’s so important to spread the love and help others year round!

  • merel

    Such an inspiring post babe. Really enjoyed reading your tips.

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

  • Such a lovely post

    I have been looking at ways to contribute more in 2017 so this is a great start
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

    • Giving back more is definitely a goal of mine this year!

  • Dominique

    What a wonderful and incredibly positive post, full of wonderful inspo. LOVE the Cook at the Ronald McDonald House idea xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

    • Cooking at the Ronald McDonald House was one of my favorite ways to give back in college! I love cooking in the first place, and cooking for others is always so heart warming!

  • Love these ways to give back!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • What a beautiful thought! Really love the idea of giving back to society! Big Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • Giving back to the community more is a big goal of mine this year!

  • Love these suggestions on how to give up! It is so important xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

    • I definitely agree that giving back is SO important!

  • Wow! What a great post, thanks for sharing and have fun a week! 🙂

    April of: https://beybiapril.wordpress.com/
    IG: @aprilnunezzz

  • love these great positive ideas!

    kelseybang.com

  • Wildfire Charm

    I love these ideas, Courtney!! It’s so important to give back and I plan to do a lot more of it this year!

    Pallavi
    http://www.wildfirecharm.com

    • I totally agree with you! Giving back to the community is a big goal of mine this year!

  • So many great ideas and ways to give back! I always donate clothes I no longer want/use. Nothing’s more frustrating than people who just toss things they no longer want. But these are great ideas on how one always can do more! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • I always get so annoyed when I see people throwing out perfectly good clothes because they no longer want them!!

  • Nina

    These are great tips how to give back to community. I often donate my and my daughter’s clothes.
    Nina
    Nina’s Style Blog

    • Donating clothes is such an easy way to give back!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Love this! Giving back to the community is the best! My family and I always make sure that we donate to our local Salvation Army!

    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • Donating clothes is such an easy way to give back to the community! My goal for 2017 is definitely to volunteer more often!

  • These are great ideas and so easy to give back! I always donate clothes and give blood but would like to do more volunteering.

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • Giving blood is something that I would absolutely love to do this year! I have plenty of friends who do it regularly and I am so inspired by them!

  • Love this post- some great ideas to give back to the Community. We don’t have Goodwill here but I donate to a similar organisation in France. Thanks for sharing this!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

    • Thanks! Organizations like Goodwill are so amazing because they help so many people!

  • Rach

    These are great suggestions! I always want to give back and I love how these are such easy things to do!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • Thanks! My goal for 2017 is definitely to volunteer more often!

  • I love the idea of giving back- it’s something I should definitely do more of!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Mary

    These are all great ideas. I especially like donating to goodwill and volunteer to cook or prepare food for people in need!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

    • Cooking at the Ronald McDonald House is one of my favorite memories from college! I definitely recommend it!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing post!!! Love the idea of giving back. Thanks for sharing doll.
    Happy Tuesday darling!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  • Holly

    Love this post! Giving back is so important, I actually really want to volunteer for a charity this year! x

    http://www.bisoushollyolivia.co.uk

    • I really want to volunteer more this year too!!

  • Love this list, I love giving back in order to thank how grateful I am ♥

    http://www.heresometimes.com

  • I love this list… I think it is so important to give back! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • These are all wonderful suggestions, Courtney! I used to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and loved it. What a fabulous experience!

    • I loved volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in college! It’s something that I would really like to get back in to soon!

  • My goal is to volunteer at least once a month so I’m really loving this post! I typically don’t donate my clothes to Goodwill though since they are a for profit organization. I try to research non-profit places to donate at.

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • That’s s amazing of you!! And I definitely agree that it’s important to do research before donating!

  • This is an awesome list. So important to give back.

    http://www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

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