It is that time of year again where everywhere you go people are asking you to donate to this and donate to that, volunteer here, open up your checkbook, your cupboards, your closets, etc. With so many options, how do you decide? Do you pick one charity or multiple? How much money should you donate? There are so many questions to consider!
When my daughter was in kindergarten we participated in everything her school did and I would still donate my money when I would go to the store. I balanced my checkbook after the holidays were over; the amount of money I donated was more than I could afford.
That is when I came up with a plan. I set a dollar amount that I was comfortable donating. Every year we donate somewhere different and last year we donated to multiple organizations. Not only did we donate in the monetary sense but I cleaned out my cupboards and my closet and we donated our time as well. If you want to get involved but don’t have the money, donating your time to local organizations is a FANTASTIC way to give back and get involved.
So where should you donate? Local organizations ensure that what you donate stays in your home town and goes to the members of your community. This time of year can be a great time to organize a food drive, sponsor a youth sports team, set up a collection box for coats, offer up your professional skills, hand write notes to children’s hospital patients or retirement home members. There are so many ways to contribute back to your organization as an individual and as part of local organizations.
Here is a great resource to look for nonprofits in Omaha , Kansas City, Des Moines, and Lincoln. The website features various nonprofits and charities as well as reviews, and donation links. Of course, a quick Google search will give you basic direction as well. For information on how to choose the right charity for you, click here.
Celebrity Staff, an affiliate of C&A Industries works hard at giving back to its community. Throughout the year, C&A employees have numerous opportunities to donate our time and money to those in need. We do this in a variety of ways, including community runs/walks, food drives, fundraisers, and more.
Each year around the holidays, Celebrity Staff participates in our AurElves program and finds an organization in each of our four communities that we can give back to. It is so rewarding to come together as a group to contribute back to the communities who give us so much. We look forward to participating in the AurElves program each year.
What are your favorite charities? What are ones we should consider working with in the future? Leave a comment below!