10 ways you can #GiveTime over the holidays

November 01, 2019 | GET MORE : Social Responsibility

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U.S. Bank and VolunteerMatch are partnering to make it easy to find ways to volunteer 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 third consecutive year, we’re partnering with VolunteerMatch to help you find ways to #GiveTime to help others in your community.

“Giving your time is an acknowledgement of our shared humanity,” said U.S. Bank Chief Social Responsibility Officer Reba Dominski. “Whether planning a volunteer event with extended family or simply greeting others with eye contact and a smile, think about how you can use your time to make a positive impact on others over the holidays.” 

With that in mind, our social responsibility team brainstormed 10 holiday-themed volunteer ideas. Check them out, use VolunteerMatch to find local opportunities, and then spread the holiday cheer using #GiveTime on social media.

  1. Winter Break: Serve as a mentor for youth in your community or profession. Check local organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters or if applicable your alumni association for opportunities.

  2. Light the house green: Give back to the planet by taking the time to install energy-efficient light bulbs and holiday lights.

  3. The gift of freedom: Send care packages to military personnel overseas. The USO, for example, takes donations that help provide technology resources for troops to connect with their families back home.

  4. Home for the holidays: Participate in a Habitat for Humanity project. Habitat helps families in need build strength, stability and self-reliance while building their own home alongside volunteers. 

  5. Show kids how to shop smart: Teach basic financial education to youth at local schools through Junior Achievement. You don’t need to be an expert to sign up and you may even learn a thing or two yourself.

  6. Make playtime possible: Go shopping for others this season. Many Boys & Girls Clubs chapters have adopt-a-family initiatives to help parents in need give gifts to their kids.

  7. 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. 

  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. 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. 

  10. Give thanks: Take the time to recognize the people who have made a difference big or small in your life over the past year. And let us know if that includes a banker because we’d love to recognize them.

Giving time is core to Community Possible, our social responsibility approach focused on closing the gaps between people and possibility. To encourage and support efforts by our employees to do just that, we provide up to 16 hours of annual paid time for volunteering.