10 ways you can #GiveTime over the holidays

November 01, 2018 | GET MORE : Community

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U.S. Bank and VolunteerMatch are partnering to help you make a difference in your community. 

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

So, for the second consecutive Giving Tuesday, 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 care packages 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 are 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 to 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 are out and about. Because home is more than a house.

Explore these and more opportunity by searching VolunteerMatch.

Written by Jamie Inn and Sofia Terzic of U.S. Bank.