Thanksgiving...a time for gratitude & a time to give back. There is no shortage of opportunities to serve this time of year, but the need for help does not stop after Thanksgiving Day. So if you have already counted your blessings, why not use this Thanksgiving as a springboard for blessing others in 2016. And guess what – helping others is a catalyst for personal growth. It’s a WIN-WIN! I love this quote by General Schwarzkopf – “You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.”
Opportunities to improve the lives of others abound throughout the Greater Indianapolis area … Here are 4 ways you can make a difference!
1. Fuller Center for Housing – Through the Century 21 Scheetz Charitable Foundation, I recently had the opportunity to volunteer for The Fuller Center for Housing, a strictly volunteer organization that builds homes for families in need. The Center relies on community groups to come together to lighten the load. While the 4 hours I spent painting doors didn’t seem like much, with many hands much was accomplished. For more information go to http://www.fullercenter.org/centralindiana
2. Donate Goods – The Salvation Army, Goodwill & St. Vincent de Paul, to name a few, are always looking for donations of household goods, furniture & clothing. Skip the Garage sale (too much work) and donate instead.
3. Neighborhood Beautification – From planting trees to picking up trash, our communities are in need of volunteers to help make our city a desirable place to live. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), Binford Redevelopment & Growth (BRAG), Millersville Fall Creek Valley Inc, Near West Indy and Downtown Indy.org have many volunteer opportunities. Or start in your own neighborhood … be a watchdog for trash … good things happen with one little action.
4. Charitable Events – Contributing can be fun & family friendly … every Thanksgiving morning, my family participates in the Drumstick Dash which benefits Wheeler Mission. It’s fun (even though I might not be thinking that the WHOLE time I’m running) and it’s a great way to be a part of something bigger.
Other great walk/run events that I personally have participated in are: Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run (supports ovarian cancer awareness & research) . Indianapolis Free to Breath Walk/Run (supports lung cancer awareness & research) . Komen Race for the Cure (supports breast cancer awareness & research)
The list of worthy volunteer organizations is endless, which means the need is tremendous. Find the perfect match for you at http://indyhub.org/volunteer/ or https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?r=msa&l=47234
How will you impact your community in the coming year?