The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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June 23, 2013

Three Ways to Give Back to Your Community

Sunday, June 23, 2013 — (StatePoint) These days, many of us lead busy lives that are short on two things: time and money. And while this may pose a challenge when it comes to supporting local nonprofit organizations, there are ways you can give back to the community, no matter what your schedule or financial situation looks like.

Here are three simple ideas for making a positive contribution, whether you’re strapped for time, resources or both:

Use Your Work Day

You’re probably pretty busy juggling family and work obligations. Chances are you really want to volunteer in your community but may not always have the time to do as much as you’d like. This doesn’t mean that lending a helping hand is out of reach for you.

Consider starting a Volunteer Day initiative at your workplace, where the whole team offers their time to local nonprofit community service projects one afternoon every few months.

Your boss may love the idea if you remind him or her that such an effort will be great for team building.

Or check with your human resources department about the possibility of paid time off to volunteer in the community. There may be opportunities at your company of which you are not aware.

Nominate a Nonprofit

You don’t need to be a big donor to help secure substantial support for organizations doing great work.  For example, a program called “50 States for Good” enables people to nominate their favorite community organizations to help gain funding for grassroots community programming. It is designed to make it easier for regular folks to give back, and is funded by Tom’s of Maine, a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care.

Anyone who is heartened by the work of local nonprofit organizations can nominate their favorite for a chance to share in $150,000 in funding. A panel of independent judges then determines 51 finalists, one from each state and the District of Columbia.

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