Below are three simple ways to give back to your community any time of year! You can also search out the needs around you, then determine how your gifts and talents could meet those needs.

1. Volunteer at your local food bank

Have you ever had a super busy day and didn’t eat for hours? Then you can easily acknowledge that hunger is unpleasant. Can you imagine a child who has to go to bed or school hungry? It might be hard to believe, but even America has a problem with hunger.We all share the need for food, and local food banks make it easy to help your community through donating, volunteering, or hosting a food drive!

2. Support your local schools

Children are the next generation to fill leadership positions in our community. Doesn’t it make sense to invest in them while securing the future and welfare of our hometowns?

Helpful Tip: Connect with local school counselors who would welcome your help supporting needy children through food, school clothes, supplies, tutoring, after-school activities, winter coats, gloves, hats, etc.

3. Appreciate your volunteer firemen

Volunteer First Responders are incredible people giving their time when your family has an emergency!

Many times these volunteers are unknown until there is a life-or-death situation. May 4th is Firefighters’ Memorial Day, but honestly, any time of year is an excellent time to appreciate them for their daily work.

There are many easy ways to help and show appreciation such as donating needed items, delivering baked cookies, gift cards, heartfelt notes, or creating a list of valuable resources for victims of a house fire, etc.

You might also consider approaching local businesses like restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, etc., to pull the community together to honor those who are standing by to help when their family has a need!