Giving Back During the Holiday Season 2018 Edition


Give To Get employees who work with nonprofits daily are acutely aware of these organizations' constantly changing needs. We're also aware of how each organization responds to crisis situations. 

Earlier this year, we worked with corporations that partnered with organizations like the American Red Cross, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, and Military Missions in Action, which assisted those who were displaced by Hurricane Florence. 

In December, we will execute projects to support Northern California nonprofits that have seen a dramatic increase in requests for assistance because of fires that destroyed large areas, including the Camp Fire, which was the deadliest fire in the state's history. 

If you'd like to assist nonprofits this year, there are still ways to get involved. 

First, you'll need to find an appropriate organization to assist like a shelter, food bank, or senior center.

Consider hosting toy drives for children. Many organizations ask that individuals who donate items provide unwrapped gifts so that parents can choose the items that fit their children's age and interests.

Other items that are needed include personal hygiene items from toothpaste to soap and winter items like hats, gloves, and socks. 

Nonprofits will often list needed items on their websites. When in doubt, however, you can donated gift cards to grocery or big-box stores.

You can also work with seniors. The holidays can be lonely times for those who live alone. Consider spending time at your local senior center in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

You don't need special skills to be of assistance — just having someone to talk to, play cards with, or complete a puzzle alongside can be a joy for seniors. 

Other options include volunteering at an animal shelter. Consider signing up to become a foster parent. Usually, there's training involved, but by registering now, you will be contacted when future classes start.

It's also possible to walk dogs, which helps them maintain their health, but can be difficult if the organization's regular volunteers do not feel comfortable walking outside in snow or ice.