Volunteering

10 Ways to Raise Money for Charity and Have a Blast

A bunch of people celebrating together in order to raise money for charity.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

Volunteering to raise money for charity is a rewarding and giving act. However, who says you can’t have fun while collecting funds for a worthy cause? In fact, a unique or popular activity will likely attract more people to contribute to your organization. At the same time, you are fostering community togetherness and social action. Partnering with local businesses is also a good idea, as they may have additional resources and customer reach within the community. Here are some fun ways to motivate others to give while having a blast!

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Redefine What Volunteer Means to You

A young woman picks up garbage as a way to redefine what volunteer means to her.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

What comes to mind when you hear the word “volunteer?” According to Merriam Webster, a volunteer is “a person who expresses a willingness to undertake a service.” Let’s take a moment to explore this explanation. What does it mean to be willing? Being a volunteer means that you are offering something – something that is not required nor an obligation.

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Plan A Weekly Potluck: 4 Healthy Potluck Recipes

Enjoy a nice dinner by planning with healthy potluck recipes.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

Potlucks are made for community. They celebrate togetherness and allow everyone to get involved. They also can make dinner preparation a bit easier for everyone by requiring only one item or dish from each family. Everyone can enjoy a varied and delicious meal, without all the work and cleanup of preparing a host of different dishes. Bring your community together – maybe your group of friends, your neighborhood, your book club, or even your family – once a week for a potluck and enjoy the various benefits of healthy potluck recipes.

 

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Warm Weather Checklist: How to Help Someone This Summer

One woman shows another how to help take a selfie photo.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

Summer is a fun time of year that is often jam packed with activities, vacations, and social gatherings. However, the summer months also come with a laundry list of chores and tasks that need to be handled. If you can, take a break from your own social calendar and explore how to help others this season. Find time to dedicate to help someone you care about who may not be able to accomplish certain tasks due to health complications, advanced age, caregiving responsibilities, or simply a full plate. Here are a few ideas for how to help someone this summer.

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How to Assemble and Send Care Packages for Soldiers

Get creative while creating care packages for soldiers like using craft papers hearts!

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

Care packages for soldiers, sailors and service men and women are a great way to get your community or group working together to support the troops. Gather your ideas, supplies, and a bunch of friends to put together care packages that are fun, helpful, and well-loved. With a plan, a bit of creativity, and some delegation, you can create care packages that will brighten up long, lonely days for troops who are deployed away from home.


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How to Help Others from the Sandwich Generation

It's important to help others in the sandwich generation so families like the one pictured can play in the ocean carefree and stress-free.

Contributed by Haley Burress

You likely know someone who is living in the “sandwich generation”; the adults who are caring for both their own children and their aging parents. They might be your neighbors, someone at your church, or even you. Nearly half of middle aged parents are a part of this demographic, being pulled from parent-teacher conferences to geriatrician appointments and everywhere in between. In order to help others from the sandwich generation, you must find ways to lighten their load both emotionally and physically. We’ll get you headed in the right direction to help others with a few of our tips.

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You Can Do It, Too: How to Start a Non Profit Organization

As a person leaps while rock climbing, it may seem impossible but you can learn how to start a non profit organization all on your own!

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

Have you always dreamed of changing the world? Do you have an idea that you just can’t shake? Are you certain that you can make a difference in the lives of those around you if you just had the resources, opportunities, and infrastructure necessary to make your dream a reality? Developing a non profit organization might be the key to your success. If you want to know how to start a non profit, here are a few tips to get you going.

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How to Make a Difference While Sitting In Front of Your Computer

As three people huddle around a computer, they wonder how to make a difference just by using the internet.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

The world is full of opportunities to volunteer, give back and make a difference in your community, society, and the world. But sometimes there just isn’t time. Sometimes you can’t leave the house or office to dig in and get your hands dirty. Sometimes personal limitations keep you from how you want to help. Sometimes you just want to help now from where you are. If you are wondering how to make a difference while sitting in front of your computer, rest assured you can. Reaching out whenever and however you can will certainly leave a positive impact on those around you.

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What You Need to Know to Be a Donor for Organ Transplants

A doctor checks a patient to see if she qualifies to be a donor for organ transplants.

Contributed by Nathan McVeigh

Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the organ donation waiting list. Of those on the list, roughly 20 percent will never receive what they need. Although these statistics are encouraging people to become organ donors, unfortunately many people are still moderately ignorant as to what the decision requires. Whether you’re a caregiver for someone in need or perhaps someone who can inform others about what organ transplants require, here is some important information to keep in mind when it comes to becoming a donor.

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10 Helpful Ways For Giving Back to the Community

A little boy holds balloons in front of his neighborhood as a representation of giving back to the community.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

Giving back to the community can take a variety of forms. Depending on your own skill set and the unique nature of your own community, you will find many opportunities to help those around you. Here are a few ideas to spark your giving side and get you serving those who need help in your community.

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