Non-profits need your help all year long

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The holiday season is here again, and as we get together with family and friends to reflect on the past year and make plans and goals for the year to come, I find myself thinking of ways that I can give back and make a difference in my community. It’s the season of giving, and for good reason! It’s a natural feeling at this time of year – we try to pay it forward for our friends, neighbors, and anyone who may be in need.

Community organizations will see an influx of volunteers collecting toys, organizing coat drives, and distributing food. Families, friends, and coworkers donate their time to helping those less fortunate. But what comes after the holidays are over? Too many of us, myself included, consider our good deeds done on January 1st, but the organizations we support in November and December need our support all year long. This year, I am challenging myself and everyone to rethink the season of giving.

Rather than a one-time occurrence, consider a regular, long term commitment if you can! Feel free to get creative with this – it doesn’t have to be money and in fact your time can be just as valuable. Maybe you’re an HTML whiz and you know an organization that could use an updated website, or you love to organize and are more than willing to help with filing (if this is you, please call me!). A longer term commitment of time or money can make a huge impact, and also allows you to learn more about the causes you support and the amazing thing nonprofits are doing in your communities.

Most importantly, I encourage us all to give back not out of a sense of obligation, but because being a giving person is the right thing to do.

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