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I am happy to announce a new Walgreens promotion, where they will donate flu shot vouchers to an organization who will distribute those who can’t normally afford flu shots. Flu shots are vital to many people every year (especially to me, as I have severe allergies anyway and I get sick really easily).
Besides going to Walgreens Facebook page and voting on which organization will receive the vouchers, there are tons of other ways that you can help out your community (contrary to what is awesome, doing improv on the street corner or handing out temporary tattoos isn’t really ‘giving back’). The following are just some of the ways it is possible (and easy) to donate your time and efforts as we approach the harvest and holiday seasons.
This is an easy one, especially if you pick something you are interesting in. For instance, I read as much as a jailed professor, so I know that I would enjoy volunteering at my nearby library, shelving books and begging to take discarded ones home. Another good example is volunteering at a non-profit orphanage or tutoring at Big Brothers, Big Sisters if you enjoy kids. I also almost became a volunteer dog walker at the biggest animal shelter in KC before my pre-wedding hysteria took over. Walking dogs once a week would go hand-in-hand with my love for dogs and my love for having a trimmer waistline.
Bake sales are definitely the new hotness. See if a local store will let you set up shop in front of their store for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and donate all proceeds to a local charity. You could also set up a Donation Can for passerby who don’t want a baked treat but would still like to donate to the cause. You could also bring baked goods to work, have a virtual bake sale on your blog, or send out an email to friends and family letting them know what is available for purchase.
I say multi-tasking, because my last giving back idea involves both the chance to clean out your house/garage/closet and to donate items like clothing and toys that you no longer use to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Be sure that items that are being donated are clean and in good condition—you don’t want a dirty, broken toolbox, and neither does anyone else. Besides donating the items directly to a non-profit retail store for re-sale, you (and maybe your neighbors?) could also have a charity garage sale, where all proceeds would go directly to a local non-profit.
Additionally, churches do this regularly to raise money for operating costs—if you attend a church or religious center, ask them if this is something they do. You may be able to donate your items towards their garage sale and even volunteer the day of the sale.
Whatever you decide to donate your time and resources too, make sure it is something you are personally passionate about. That makes the gift that much more meaningful!
Don’t forget to help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.