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Giving back to your community doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or massive event. It can be as simple as taking a few moments out of your day or a few hours out of a weekend to lend a helping hand. Here’s how you can do just that!

Volunteer at a Food Bank

Helping out your local neighborhood starts with helping people. Feeding America is a great resource to help you get connected with a local food bank in your area. As a Feeding America volunteer, you could be sorting and packing food, and assisting with distributions and deliveries. Pledge to volunteer on their website to get started. 

Join a Clean Up Crew

Whether you’re participating in a local program to help clean up the community or you’re just grabbing a garbage bag and a pair of gloves to host your own solo clean up, there are multiple ways to help make a difference in your neighborhood. Picking up trash at local parks, around streets and sidewalks, and at the local playgrounds can make all the difference in your community. It keeps trash from clogging up the sewer grates and helps to reduce health hazards. Plus, it just looks nice.

Be sure to practice safe clean up efforts by wearing gloves and watching out for any hazardous materials. When you’re ready to find an organization near you, search on the VolunteerMatch website and see what’s happening in your area under the environmental tab.

Become a Big Brother or Big Sister

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization is downright incredible. Through one-to-one mentoring, your role as a “Big” has the potential to change a “Little’s” life. Becoming a part of the nation’s largest donor-and-volunteer-supported mentoring network means you become a meaningful mentor in a child’s life. Curious about the BBBS program? Read more on their website to see if you’d be a good match.

Donate Blood

While a blood donation doesn’t have a high chance of directly impacting people in your neighborhood, it’s still a great way to give back to others. A simple blood donation has the potential to save more than one life. So, while the current blood supply is in shortage, roll your sleeve up, sit back, and get to donating at a local clinic near you.
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