Did you know Monday was the beginning of #DoGoodWeek? What a great time to team up with the folks at Do Good. Live Well. This is an initiative to share how doing good for our community is also good for our health. Even the smallest gesture goes a long way. Here are some suggestions for doing good in your community:
Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter
I first donated my time at a homeless shelter as part of a class project. It was an eye opener for sure and I learned to appreciate all the blessings in my life even the small ones. We helped to prepare the meals and serve them to the families in need. Every since that experience, I have vowed to take the kids to one of our homeless shelters to help the volunteers there.
Donate Your Talent
I think it is very important to volunteer and to include the children, that is why each year we volunteer to help at a concert/food drive. The entrance fee for this concert is just two cans of food. My brother and sister-n-law work hard each year to put it on. Members of our community sing Christmas songs, some old and some new. The band plays rock versions of their favorite Christmas songs and some rock-n-roll favorites.
There are also many opportunities to help make repairs on homes or cleaning up yards. There are many homes that are in disrepair and as much as the families would like to fix it, they don’t have the funds. And anyone who has pulled weeds for an hour knows yard work can be a challenge for someone who is young and healthy.
There are a lot of amazing people in our community that selflessly and endlessly give their time. Once such lady is the amazing Evelyn Mount. She has worked for years to feed the hungry in our community. Evelyn and her volunteers provide food year round but work especially hard to provide a compeleteHoliday dinner to those in need.
Donate Christmas Gifts/Sponsor a Family
Every year many organizations have angel trees or something similar. Each angel on the tree represents a child or a family that cannot afford Christmas presents. Each Angel will have printed on it what that child or family needs or would like. It makes a special difference to a family who would have nothing otherwise.
This is just a small example of how you can do good for your community. If you would like more ideas, the Do Good. Live Well. website has some great ideas. You don’t have to wait for #DoGoodWeek to do good.
How will you Do Good for your community?
This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions expressed are my own.