It’s the season of giving, and nothing gives you that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling quite like donating to those in need. The holidays often inspire us more than ever to count our blessings and spread cheer in our communities. In fact, there’s a whole global generosity movement called GivingTuesday for just that purpose – encouraging charitable giving as we move full-swing into the holiday season.
The GivingTuesday movement started in 2012 with the idea that everyone can do good today … and every day! GivingTuesday is on the first Tuesday after we give thanks for our blessings and sit down to our turkey feasts. And, in case you’re thinking “I’m already working with a budget this holiday season” you should know that GivingTuesday isn’t about just donating money and resources (although that’s good too). It’s about donating of yourself: spreading joy with your time, kindness, support, and smiles – simple but effective!
You can learn more about GivingTuesday and its mission: “GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe” – by visiting GivingTuesday.org.
Well, here are some ways you can get started spreading joy and making things a bit more merry and bright in your own communities:
Digital volunteering ideas
Have a special skill such as writing, managing social media accounts, or even creating amazing art pieces? There are tons of organizations that would love to take on your talent to better their causes. The United Nations has a list of online volunteer opportunities for you to peruse. Volunteering virtually is the perfect way to still contribute to your community while staying close to home.
In-person volunteering ideas
From volunteering at museums to contributing your time at a food bank, there are a lot of opportunities available in your area. If you’re looking for ways to get started, check out VolunteerMatch’s opportunity locator to get great local listings. Another avenue to get active in your community is through the American Red Cross. They often have many urgent needs for volunteers.
Volunteering ideas for you and your family
Kids can get in on all the warm and fuzzy fun, too! In fact, there are tons of ways that children can bring their special brand of cuteness to various volunteering opportunities. Getting your kids into volunteering, especially during the holidays, can be a great way to expand their awareness and gratitude for all the good in their own lives. Some great ways to get involved are opportunities like the Habitat for Humanity Youth Programs and Doing Good Together’s Big-Hearted Families Program, designed to provide guides, kits, and project ideas to families looking to get involved.
Take a look at some of these resources this GivingTuesday and see if any of them fit into your idea of “giving.” They are all “wallet-friendly” ways to get back to the basics of the holiday season and show “goodwill to all. Volunteering your time, energy, and yes, even your smile can make a world of difference to someone in need. And that is about as good as the “warm and fuzzies” gets.
Looking for more wallet-friendly ideas to incorporate into your daily life? Check out our Financial Living page for practical tips for a fulfilling financial future.