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3 ways to give back to your community

Your community has been there for you through thick and thin. You should cherish the town and the people in it and give back to your community as much as you possibly can, in my opinion. According to Southern Living, “Whether you are volunteering with your family or buying an item that funds programs for underserved communities, it is never too early—or too late—to give back.

In the South, we are so fortunate to be part of communities that nourish us and take care of us. From family to friends to strangers—who are just friends we haven’t struck up a conversation with yet—we treasure the people who make our Southern communities special places to live. With all that they give us, we look for ways to give back, especially around the holidays, when we remember acutely that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. When our communities and neighbors fall on hard times, it is important to contribute, to give back, and to help build up those places and people who need help. There are so many amazing ways to give back to the community throughout the South, and we hope that you are inspired to contribute to a worthy cause. Whether you are buying an item that funds programs for underserved communities or volunteering with your family, it is never too early—or too late—to give back.”

So, if you are interested in giving back to your community, I highly recommend trying some of these things out:

Community service

Giving back through community service is an amazing way to spend your time. Not only will it help others, but it will help yourself. You will leave feeling like you did something really great and it will automatically boost your spirits and make you want to do good and give back even more. There are so many ways to do community service too, so you are not just limited to one thing. In Atlanta, there are foundations and community service options such as Trees Atlanta, Open Hand Atlanta, and Habitat For Humanity, just to name a couple. Southern Living says, “Find your local food bank through the Feeding America network of food banks, which distributes 4 billion meals annually. Other organizations that offer volunteering opportunities include:

United Way has encouraged over 2.6 million people to give back to their communities by volunteering, and they raise over $5 billion dollars each year, which goes to supporting communities across the country.

Red Cross helps those affected by disasters. From blood drives to donations, there is no shortage of ways to give back through the Red Cross and to assist neighboring communities that are in the process of healing and recovering from disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding.

Salvation Army USA offers Christmas assistance, housing and homeless services, hunger relief, youth camps, and so much more. You can contribute through volunteering or giving donations—anything from clothes to cars, so see their website for more details.

Habitat for Humanity has organizations across the country and the world that are committed to building houses and supporting families. Habitat is an essential way to give back in your community, and you can contribute through donations or by helping build homes.

Better World Books is an organization that is committed to getting books in the hands of those who want them and don’t have them. To date, they have raised millions of dollars for a variety of organizations and have donated books across the world. They have also raised over $80,000 for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.”

Promote local businesses

Shopping local puts more money back into the economy, which is why I always prefer to shop from local businesses that do everything in-house. The perfect example of this is the Atlanta-based company, East Point Foundry. President and Owner, Scott Livingston acquired the foundry in 1997 and has seen tremendous growth since then. Now, “East Point Foundry is proud to have partnered with both private sector (civilian) and public sector (government) agencies, honoring achievements and accolades by institutions and individuals. We view our projects as unique and a chance to honor those who have given so much to the causes they are passionate about. Since 1948 our foundry has operated 100% in America, creating thousands of masterpieces for local, national governments and Fortune 500 businesses to small mom and pop stores,” which is just amazing. East Point Foundry’s pricing is affordable because they handle a large majority of their projects, 100% in-house. They do not rely on costly middle-men and they are very organized, diligent, and responsive. They have a timely process and always offer a free, no hassle quote. They are not in the business of doing cheap work. Instead, they focus on high-quality work, fair pricing, and high-end products. Headquartered in East Point, Georgia, East Point Foundry is available for all of your high-quality cast bronze and aluminum plaques, nameplates, lettering, architectural, castings, and sculpting needs.

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Use your skills

Think about your skills and how they can be of use to the community. Does your community have a Christmas celebration or a fourth of July parade? Maybe you could offer some of your skills such as singing, dancing, crafting, or more there.