10 Ways Your Employees Can Volunteer This Thanksgiving

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10 Ways Your Employees Can Volunteer This Thanksgiving

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about your volunteer Thanksgiving plans. There’s no shortage of places to send donations or lend extra pairs of hands on this holiday.

This Thanksgiving, look for ways to put the ‘thanks’ in thanksgiving by giving back to the community. One of the most important things you should do before guests come over is to choose a charity to give back to. This can be done in a few different ways; however, we believe the best way is by encouraging employees to become involved with the company's philanthropy initiatives. 

Here are some ways you can harness the power of holiday giving to help make your company’s charitable efforts more impactful:

Write Letters to Service Men & Women

Thanksgiving is a special time of year, and some of those who serve in the military may be far away from home.

Make their day special by sending care packages that include letters, and photos this pumpkin season. Write notes of love and appreciation to them while they are far away, letting them know how much you appreciate their service.

Volunteer With Food Programs

Serving food is another great volunteering idea for Thanksgiving. It’s the most straightforward way to make an impact. One can easily participate in Thanksgiving volunteer projects.

Serve hot meals at a soup kitchen, help grocery or produce bins at a food bank, or assemble food boxes for donation. As demand for a hot meal often eclipses supply, it's not uncommon for kitchens to happily welcome large groups—so gather your team, throw on some hairnets, and make a positive impact!

Pack Hygiene Kits

Helping homeless people get better hygiene can be a great way to help those in need this Thanksgiving.

Your employees can sort and package hygiene items, clothing and personal products for distribution across the city. This will allow them to reach people who would otherwise be unable to afford these necessities.

Donate for Education

A large number of children live in poverty without access to quality education. Your employees can help these children access better schools, books and other learning aid through donations.

Your employees can donate money or items at any time during the year. All items will be donated to local charities that provide necessary resources for children in need.

Provide Tuitions to Children

One-on-one or group tutoring is a great way to help children from low-income families recognize and achieve their full potential. 

As a team, you can easily pick subjects and grades along with your preference as you see fit so that you don’t get lost in a sea of options. 

Donate your expertise

Donating your expertise is a great way to help others while also making a difference in the world. 

You can lend your financial acumen for a couple of hours to an adult class. You and your team can help a charity design their website or you can use your technical knowledge to assist a nonprofit organization with setting up donation systems. 

Volunteer at the animal shelter

This is a fun way to volunteer as a team. You can always call your local animal shelter and offer to play with the animals, go on a walk, or clean out their cages.

You can volunteer by taking pictures to post across social media to help animals get adopted and find the right match.

Beach/Lake Cleanup

Show Mother Earth some love on Thanksgiving day! Spend a day outdoors with your team cleaning and keeping the trash away from water bodies.

Head outside to a stream, lake or beach that could use some cleaning up. At Goodera, you can get such opportunities that’ll make nature smile. 

Visit a Nursing Home 

Visiting a nursing home with your team can be a good way to show that you care. Can be a great way to show that you are willing to make an effort for the people who live in the nursing home. 

Make thoughtful cards and crafts for the residents and spend some time talking to them. This old-fashioned kindness goes a long way. 

Match Donations

Spreading goodness is simple, it doesn’t take up a lot of your time or money. Just by following simple steps like engaging with your team and asking them about the causes that matter to them the most. Further, nudge them to donate to those specific communities and promise to match their donation amounts to motivate them.

Doing good deeds isn’t restricted to just the holidays. You can keep volunteering with your team to make an impact and bring change. We hope that you bring your workforce together for social good using one of the ideas in the above list.