The holidays are a great time to remind us of all we have to be thankful for; let’s try to end the year by doing a little more to pitch in where we can. Here are some ways to give back locally through the holiday season and all year long:
• American Red Cross: Sure, you can certainly write a check or drop off food but consider donating something just as precious: blood. Blood donations are always in demand and go to helping people who need it of all ages, from newborns through senior citizens.
• Suited for Change: Donate gently used work clothes to help low-income women in the DC area feel more confident as they go on interviews. They also need speakers for work and life skills.
• Common Good City Farm: DC-area community farm provides fresh produce and teaches gardening to low-income families to help broaden their diets while expanding their wallets. Lots of volunteer opportunities.
• United Community Ministries of Alexandria: Right in our backyard, they are dedicated to supporting and educating low-income families throughout Northern Virginia. We recently help a coat drive in their honor! They are looking for food, clothing, monetary donations and more.
• Rock Creek Park Conservancy: Work your good will and your body by getting involved with the Conservancy to help clean and maintain our beloved local park.
You can also check out Volunteer Match and find out which local charities really jive with your passions. Make sure to share your contributions on our Facebook and Twitter pages…we want to see you in action!