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Give back and get involved: where to donate and volunteer in 2021

There’s no question that the past year was a tough one. For some, however, the lack of access to aid made it especially difficult. The holidays are over, but the need for help is still dire. Give back to start the new year right. Consider volunteering your time or donating money and goods to a few great causes that provide food, homes, medical care, and teaching supplies where they’re needed most.

 

Donate to local organizations

One of the best ways to help your community is through local programs. Find options that work within your city or region. Food banks, kitchens, and shelters in your area will often have lists of their most needed items. If you’re not in a position to give money, you may still be able to donate the following from your own home:

  • Coats, scarves, and hats
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Socks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Gift certificates

You can also take action by donating non-perishable goods to neighborhood “cupboards” like Little Free Pantry, which help those nearest you. Even better, items can be dropped off at any time, so you can easily add to the shelves after work or a quick trip to the store without going out of your way.

 

Show your support nationally

Larger charities, including those below, will have nationwide networks to provide help to those in need across the country.

  • Donors Choose – donate supplies and funds for public school projects
  • Habitat for Humanity – build and improve homes for families in need of shelter
  • No Kid Hungry – provide free meals to vulnerable children through school programs

Many organizations like these also accept contributions online, via app, or over the phone. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to give more to worthwhile causes, simply donate using your smartphone or tablet.

 

Make an international impact

Of course, the need for humanitarian aid isn’t limited to those at home. You can support global causes that work to provide nutrition, education, medical aid, and even help with resource conservation abroad. Here are a few places where your contribution can make a difference for people internationally.

  • UNICEF – provide clean water, food, and scholarships to children in the world’s most hard-hit areas
  • Doctors without Borders – help doctors and nurses deliver lifesaving medical treatment
  • The Nature Conservancy – preserve the earth’s precious waterways, forests, and wildlife

 

Get involved at work

Your work may already be contributing to charities and programs that you support. Many companies will often sponsor food drives, for example, along with volunteer programs and other opportunities to get involved. Check any noticeboards and newsletters, or ask HR for information on how you can help.

At Cellular Sales, we focus on serving our local communities through memorable in-person customer experiences and giving back to great causes that uplift those in need throughout our country. As a result, we’ve worked with some outstanding organizations. Here are just a few of them:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • American Cancer Society
  • Great Schools Partnerships
  • Cell Phones for Soldiers
  • Second Harvest Food Bank

As Verizon’s premier retail partner, we’re also taking up A Call for Kindness. Make 2021 a better year, for yourself and the people around you.

 

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