By volunteering, you can give something back, make a difference to the people around you, develop new skills, and learn more about issues affecting your community. The right volunteer opportunity can help you reduce stress, find friends, and even advance your career.
You’ve got the power and the passion to transform your community. By lending our voice to advocate for the causes and issues we care about, we can all be activists who affect the kind of change that makes our world a better place. Get some ideas from DoSomething.org, or Change.org,. and don’t forget that you can make some of the most meaningful change within your own local community.
Throughout our communities, nonprofit organizations are working tirelessly every day to make a difference in our communities. Donate to a nonprofit in honor of GivingTuesday. Find a nonprofit on our Participating Nonprofits page or via your local U.S. community or global GivingTuesday movements. Learn how to maximize the impact of your donation on #GivingTuesday and beyond with these resources.
Organize a donation drive – they’re a great way to rally a group around a cause you all care about, whether that’s your weekend crew, your family, your neighbors, or your officemates. Collect toiletries, books, clothes, food – just about anything can be the focus of a donation drive. Be sure the check in with the nonprofit you’re collecting for before you begin. And don’t forget to take lots of photos along the way: Everyone loves to see a big pile of donated goods as a reward for their work and generosity.
A seemingly small act of kindness has the power to inspire generosity that can permeate society and catalyze change. Buy someone’s lunch, text someone to tell them you’re grateful to know them, or compliment a stranger. It matters more than we can ever know. Get more ideas from our friends at Kindness.org or Pay It Forward Day. Teachers: make kindness the norm at your school with a kindness curriculum.
Many nonprofits are understaffed or operating on a small budget and can’t afford the marketing, HR, technology, or planning resources that their missions deserve. Consider giving your skills to help a nonprofit build a successful GivingTuesday fundraiser, like these University students, or give your skills anytime – get connected with Taproot+.
GivingTuesday is an opportunity to do more than just raise money – it’s a chance to unite + inspire communities around the world. “Chalk” your neighborhood, build a kindness wall, or host community conversations to discuss local issues. There are countless ways to inspire some good in your community on GivingTuesday.
When we share our generosity, we inspire others to give back too. Share how and why you’re giving back on GivingTuesday by posting your #UNselfie on social media. Share your story as part of the #MyGivingStory contest and your favorite cause could win a small grant to help empower their work (contest begins in early November).
Help spread the word about GivingTuesday with our Social Media Toolkit, Instagram stickers and Facebook frames.