10 ways you can help others
We know you're probably busy with life – family obligations, work, and school. Sometimes, it's hard to slow down and appreciate the small things like a good meal with your parents or watching a movie with a friend. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to hit the pause button to reflect on those small things. It might also be a time when you are thinking about how you can help out in your community, to lend a hand to a neighbor, or volunteer at a local non-profit organization.
Wherever you are in life right now, there are many different ways to give back to a community, especially at this time of year with the holidays approaching. Here is list of 10 ideas to get you thinking about what you might be able to do.
- Help prepare and serve a meal at a soup kitchen. Organizations, such as New Horizons in Manchester, are always looking for volunteers.
- Donate items to a food bank. Visiting the New Hampshire Food Bank might be a good place to start.
- Visit children or senior citizens in the hospital on Thanksgiving. It's always difficult to be a patient in the hospital, but especially on a holiday. You can brighten someone's day by spending time with them.
- Gather a group of friends and/or family to volunteer together. Whether it is serving a meal at a local church or visiting a nursing home, this experience can bring you closer while also opening doors to new friendships and experiences.
- Participate in a drive or start your own to collect food, holiday gifts, or money to donate to a specific cause.
- Tap into your talents. Offer to lead a free workshop on drawing, writing, or making a craft in a youth or senior center or nursing home.
- Remember to say thank you. To friends, co-workers and family members who might have been supportive recently. To local emergency workers. To someone you know who is serving in the military who won't be able to be home for Thanksgiving. You can do this by making a phone call, writing a handwritten note or email, and stopping by your local police or fire station to say thank you in person. If you want to be a part of a larger letter-writing project for military personnel, check out Operation Gratitude.
- Invite a neighbor, who might not have family or friends living close by, to your Thanksgiving celebration.
- Remember — kind words go a long way. A simple please, thank you, or Happy Thanksgiving can brighten someone's day!
- Give up something to give back. Skip your daily coffee or tea at Starbuck's for a week, and then give the amount you saved to your charity of choice.
At Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, we thank our incredible faculty and staff for their dedication to our students and our community. We are grateful for our students who are working hard to prepare for their careers as care givers and who are also often committed to helping strengthen our local community.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by our blog. We hope this season of Thanksgiving brings you time with your family and friends and many reasons to be thankful.
This post is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, located in Manchester, NH. Learn more about our career-focused training programs