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4 Easy Ways to Help Someone in Your Local Community

You have a giving spirit and are always looking for ways to assist others in their time of need. Helping community residents doesn’t always mean digging deep into your pockets for cash. Sometimes there are much more meaningful and lasting ways to show support and assistance by being actively involved. Some suggestions to do exactly this include the following:

Assist Seniors

Most communities have meal programs such as Meals on Wheels to supply the elderly with wholesome and consistent meals. Volunteer drivers are always needed to ensure that these individuals are well fed and cared for. Other volunteer positions that may be available may include assistance with food prep or serving, office help, or even becoming involved with putting on special events.

Buy Local

One of the very best ways to help your community is to assist the entrepreneurs in your neighborhood. Buying locally will keep funds in the area and assist even more people. Make a point to seek out local products—some chain stores will even feature these in their aisles. Tell friends and family about your efforts, and get them involved also.

Build a House

Volunteer to assist an organization such as Habitat for Humanity. This group builds homes for lower income families and relies on volunteer help, especially on weekends. Even if your home building skills are minimal, there are so many ways you can assist, such as by loading and unloading trucks, running errands, supplying refreshments, and helping with clean up. The friends you will make and the cause you will be contributing to will truly impact your own life.

Donate a Vehicle

If you own a car or truck that isn’t running or that is old and outdated, consider donating it to a school such as Newgate School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This school supports itself by fixing and re-building cars and then selling them to the general public. They do this completely without assistance such as grants or tax money from the government. The automotive training the students receive prepares them mechanical jobs in the outside world, so consider donating that car that is no longer being used to this cause. It is tax deductible, but you are doing so much more than giving away a car. You are giving automotive students a future, and that is priceless.

This is a very wide range of suggestions, but hopefully one of these will be exactly what you are looking for. Your philanthropy and generosity will be very appreciated, and hopefully others will follow your exemplary lead.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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