Here at Doozy Cards, we love helping people share special moments with family and friends with original eCards, but we also love helping those in need and we believe in giving back to our community. That’s why we donate a portion of our proceeds to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels–the largest privately funded meals program in the U.S. – every time someone signs up for a membership St. Vincent provides over one million nutritious meals every year to homebound seniors and others that are too weak, ill or impoverished to buy or prepare food for themselves.
Giving back to the community is a great way to share kindness, help those in need, connect with those around you, and make the world a better place. And the good news is, there’s tons of ways you can do it, too! Here are 25 ideas to help out your own community.
- Donate your gently worn clothes and toys to local charities or, better yet, start a clothing drive for your neighborhood.
- Organize a trash pick-up day to clean up a park or wildlife area in your community.
- Raise money for a cause or a cure for a disease by getting a group together for a benefit walk, run, or bike ride.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter, food drive or service center in your area to help feed or assist some of the most vulnerable members of society.
- Visit a senior center to assist with meals, reading to the elderly, or help with other fun activities for the residents.
- Deliver meals to those in need with St. Vincent (Los Angeles) or another Meals on Wheels programs in your area.
- Help out at an animal shelter or rescue group in your area.
- Volunteer to teach a class or share your skills at a local community center, school or arts program.
- Help neighbors get active and healthy by organizing an exercise and activity day.
- Hold a bake sale to raise money for an important local cause.
- Reach out and uplift. Send a thoughtful and funny eCard to an elderly neighbor or someone who is sick.
- Tutor a struggling student in your community or at your school.
- Make a care package for someone in your neighborhood who is ill or unable to leave his or her home.
- Organize a community garden program or find a local area to beautify by planting with a group of people.
- Donate blood or volunteer to help out with a local blood drive.
- Organize a First Aid or CPR training program at your school, work, community center or place of worship.
- Collect and donate old books to your local library or senior center.
- Bring fresh, healthy food to your community by starting a farmer’s market or volunteer at a local one.
- Start a theater group or band with friends and give free performances in the community.
- Get involved with your local community theater or music center by volunteering to usher, sell tickets or build sets.
- Shovel snow, rake leaves, collect mail or walk dogs for those in need in your neighborhood.
- Start a backyard garden and certify it as a wildlife habitat with the National Wildlife Federation to help local animals and teach neighbors.
- Help build a playground in your neighborhood with Kaboom.
- Launch a campaign that helps a cause in your area with DoSomething.org.
- Start a recycling program at your school, work or in your neighborhood.
Feeling inspired? Time to get out there and start helping out your community. Choose one (or several!) of the activities above and get involved!
What are some of your favorite ways to help out in your community? Let us know in the comment section below.