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Hootan Melamed Shares How You Can Help Local Community Organizations
Today, local community organizations are in serious need of support. Their services have been stretched thin by the coronavirus pandemic, and in some cases, they have been unable to meet their operational goals. Local community organizations are responsible for helping children, the homeless, the elderly, and the unemployed receive essential services.
Hootan Melamed, an entrepreneur and inventor from Los Angeles, California, explains how you can do your part and help local community organizations spread their benefits to a diverse group of recipients.
1. Donate Money
Monetary donations are the lifeblood of most community organizations. Without money, these organizations could not operate to their present standards. They need to buy supplies, hire employees, and make sure that they properly promote their services within the community.
Donating money may be the easiest way to get involved, and every little bit helps. You don’t need to have deep pockets to make a difference in your community.
2. Donate Goods
Many people are already familiar with donating goods to nonprofit causes. Clothing drives and food drives benefit a large portion of the population, especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic when so many people have lost their jobs.
If you are going to donate goods to a nonprofit, make sure that they are in like-new condition. If you donate clothing, make sure that it is resaleable and has no holes or stains. If you donate food, make sure that it is non-perishable and within its expiration date. Taking the time to be thoughtful about your donations will make them more useful and meaningful for the organization that receives them.
If you do not want to donate money or tangible goods to a nonprofit, they will welcome the gift of your valuable time. Many organizations like scout troops and children’s sports leagues run almost entirely on the labor of volunteers. It is possible to make a long-term commitment to help the community through volunteerism or take on short-term projects. Short-term projects are popular for busy people.
To get started with volunteering in your community, finding an area that matches your personal passions is a good idea. This will give you a better sense of commitment to the organization you are helping. Identify the skills that would make you valuable for the nonprofit. Research all of the nonprofits in your area and find those that match your skill level and interests.
While there may be recognition for outstanding volunteers, most people participate in volunteerism simply because they want to make a difference. You should know that every action you take on the part of a community nonprofit is appreciated.
4. Offer Professional Services
A special kind of volunteerism is donating professional services to a nonprofit. Services like accountancy, marketing, and executive leadership can be extremely helpful for the average nonprofit. The nonprofit may not be able to afford to hire someone to do these types of tasks.
5. Be a Positive Example in the Community
By donating or volunteering, you are setting an excellent example for the community. Showing your interest in volunteering or donating is a great way to build your personal and professional reputation.
For business owners, associating your brand with a respected community nonprofit is another benefit you can receive. Your company’s brand will be enhanced when customers know that you donate your time and money to deserving community organizations.
Benefits for the Giver
According to Waterford University, people who donate their time and money to local community organizations receive important non-tangible benefits for themselves.
People who help community nonprofits are happier overall. Their mental health is improved. They enjoy more social connections than people who do not volunteer. Their personal sense of purpose is strengthened. Finally, they may even have an extended lifespan.
How to Get Involved
It is a good idea to research causes both locally and nationally. Websites like Charity Navigator are excellent places to determine whether a nonprofit is above-board and a worthy place to donate time and money.
It is always worth asking a local school or church directly whether they need volunteers. The same goes for soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters. These organizations need a constant supply of volunteers and donations to operate.
Taking the Time to Do Your Part
Community nonprofits will appreciate that you are taking the time to help them fulfill their important missions. Hootan Melamed believes that you will receive many benefits when you give your money or free time to a community organization. Thoughtful donors and volunteers are always appreciated. By supporting nonprofits in the community, you will be ensuring that they can reach vulnerable segments of the population and help them overcome their problems.
Hootan Melamed wants others to follow his example and become involved with one or more charities in the community. Having a strong dedication to community service will enhance your life and make you a better person.
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