LET'S BAND TOGETHER: 5 Local Ways to Give BackSaturday, July 16, 2016
It's no secret that lately the world seems to have gone crazy. Every day we are inundated with depressing and horrific news. It's enough to break anyone's spirits. Recently, I've been having a hard time compartmentalizing these events and not letting them affect my mood. It's very difficult. But somehow, humanity has to find the strength to move beyond these hard times and find peace and happiness again. It may seem like nothing positive is happening in the world, but truth be told, there's still a lot of good being done! Giving back to the community, and donating to charities is a great way to spread cheer and move the world in a more positive direction. Companies, like Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company are already doing this with their Band Together campaign. Through this initiative, they plan to donate a total of $2 million dollars across 3 nonprofits: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and Feeding America.
However, there's a twist! You and I can decide on how the money will be distributed across the 3 charities by heading to the Band Together website and voting on the charities. The charity with the most votes will receive $1 million dollars, 2nd place - $700,000, and 3rd place - $300,000. Voting ends on July 31st, and you can vote every day. There's also a little kickback to you as well! For every vote you place you'll be entered to win a set of 3 stacking bands from STACKED New York valued at $450, just for voting. This is such a great cause that I hope you consider sharing their initiative with people in you life! You can share on social media using the hashtag #JMBandTogether.
And I don't know about you, but when I participate in one good-will deed, it makes me want to do a lot more! Reading up on the Jewelers Mutual's campaign inspired me to find more ways to give back to my community. I wanted to share some of these ideas with all of you, so check out my list with tips below:
1. Clean Up Days - We need to take better care of the world that we live in! Littering makes things look trashy, and it's really bad for the environment and nature's animals. I like to participate in clean-up days, whether it's a highway clean-up, a park or the beach. It's great exercise, and you feel really great removing tons of trash!
- Check local newspapers and internet site for clean up days or plan your own with friends & family
- Make sure you wear gloves, comfortable shoes, and loose fitting clothing. If doing highway cleanup you may want to wear a reflective vest.
- A trash gripper is a good tool as well. It helps with the back!
- Bring lots of trash bags, and an empty milk jug container to collect sharp objects
- Bring water, sunblock, and a hat! Most clean-up days are during the Summer, so you'll want to protect yourself from the sun.
|Here I am (in purple) at Sylvan Beach for a Beach Clean Up Day.|
2. Host a Charity Event - You don't have to be apart of a bigger organization to do something good! You can do things on your own. You can host a can food drive, or even a clothing drive. Last month I hosted an event for a non-profit in Houston at Tarakaan restaurant. I invited my friends out for cocktails and lite bites in exchange for bringing office attire donations for women! The event was a success! I had a car full of donations.
- Plan ahead. Send a Save the Date as soon as you can for maximum participation
- Share a donation list (what specific things are you looking for? Canned goods? Hygiene products, toys, etc.)
- Make sure you have a big enough vehicle to transport the donations!! (I barely fit everything in my car)
|Guests at my clothing donation event|
|Clothing & Shoe Donations|
3. Volunteer - There are tons of places that can't afford to pay labor because they are a non-profit and fully rely on volunteers. You can look for local food banks, animal shelters, and more places that are in need of volunteers.
|My team volunteering at a local center making sandwiches for underprivileged families.|
4. Fundraising Walks - This is a 2 for 1 idea! Not only do you get to help raise money for a good cause, but you get exercise out of it too. Around the country there are probably tons of walks or runs that you can participate in that support a good cause. You can google for some as well. The premise is to sign up for the walk, and create a team, or join a team. The time between when you sign up and the date of the actual walk you spend soliciting donations.
5. Mentor/Lunch Buddy - A long time ago, I mentored a 4th grader in math, and I was also a lunch buddy for an underprivileged child. They were both rewarding experiences. Check with your local schools to see if they have options for this or any other ways you can give back to your local schools!!
These are just a few ways that you can find ways to give back to your community! What are some things that you have done? Or would like to do?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.