10 Ways You Can #GiveTime Over the Holidays

Guest post by Jamie Inn and Sofia Terzic. This post originally appeared on U.S. Bank Newsroom.

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, your wallet may be feeling a little thin by the time #GivingTuesday rolls around.

So, for the second consecutive #GivingTuesday, U.S. Bank is partnering with VolunteerMatch to help you find ways to give your time to help others. In line with a core pillar of our corporate social responsibility approach, this year we’re focusing on what is near and dear to so many during the holidays — home.

Need help finding the right fit? Here are 10 themes that you can support:

1. Dream Home

Participate in a Habitat for Humanity project in your community. Habitat helps families in need build strength, stability and self-reliance while building their own home alongside volunteers.

2. Home Alone

Help senior citizens who you know in your neighborhood with projects around the house, from shoveling snow to putting up holiday lights.

3. Protecting Our Home

Send a care package to military personnel overseas. The United Service Organizations (USO), for example, takes donations that go toward providing technology resources that help troops connect with their families back home.

4. House Hunters

If you’re financially savvy and have a passion for teaching, volunteer with organizations that provide financial coaching and workshops to help community members budget and build credit en route to purchasing their first home.

5. Light the House Green (and Red)

Give back to the planet by taking the time to install energy-efficient light bulbs and holiday lights.

6. Go Home to Home

Round up family and friends for a night out spreading holiday cheer by caroling in your neighborhood, or at local senior homes or hospitals that encourage it.

7. Show Love for Your Hometown

Check out your local holiday event and festival calendar, because every holiday parade and fun run is made possible by warmly-dressed volunteers!

8. Decorate the Dog House

Lend a paw to furry friends by contacting your local animal shelter to ask if they need volunteer help or if they accept homemade toys and blankets.

9. Share Your Family Dinner

Cook or serve a holiday dinner for those in need at local homeless shelters or through organizations such as Meals on Wheels.

10. Random House

Make home possible your way by showing random acts of kindness when you’re out and about. Because home is more than a house!

Explore these opportunities and more by visiting VolunteerMatch.org. Then share how you #GiveTime this #GivingTuesday!


Author Bios: Jamie Inn is Vice President, Director of Volunteerism and Employee Giving and Sofia Terzic is an Employee Engagement Analyst at U.S. Bank. Together, they support and encourage U.S. Bank employees to volunteer and make a positive contribution to the community.
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