heart-desert-diana-elizabeth-blogIf we just gave a little bit of ourselves and time to those around us, imagine how this world would change. As a child, I observed my parents giving monetary donations and one Thanksgiving we served dinner to local foster children. I’m thankful for my parents setting giving back examples, and continuing to serve in their community.  Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company wants to remind us that we can make a difference in our community in a variety of ways.

charity-donation-clothing-drive-party-135Jewelers Mutual is asking for your help with their donation of $2 million to help health, home and hunger.

Each of these organizations will be recipients of the generous donation from Jewelers Mutual, however it’s up to YOU to decide how to disperse the record-breaking donation by voting!

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Feeding America/Food Banks Canada

The cause with the most votes will receive a $1 million grand prize, the runner-up receives $700,000 and $300,000 goes to the third-place winner.

Vote for a cause and you could win

Voting in the Band Together Campaign, and you also enter yourself to win a set of 3 stacking bands from STACKED New York valued at $450! A winner is picked weekly. Vote daily until July 31.

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Easy ways you can give back

  1. Give a charitable contribution. Write a check very month, or percentage, non-profit donations are tax deductible.
  2. Organize a clothing donation drive. I did this recently and friends were so supportive! Gather donations and bring them all to a charity or collect them yourself on a specific day – have friends leave them outside on their porch.
  3. Donate to charitable thrift stores. Non-profit organizations typically accept donations or have collection routes on schedule. They sell your donated items in their branded thrift stores run by volunteers. The money received from selling your items are then used for to further the cause.

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Deciding how to volunteer

1) Find the cause you are passionate about

Mentoring children, homeless, veterans, sick children – there are many needs in every community. By honing in on your passions and you can find an organization that finds that spot in your heart.

2) Offer your gifts/skills

  • Photographer – Photograph for a charity event, or for an organization, or the people they serve.
  • Grammar and spell check expert – Edit resumes for people who are trying to find jobs.
  • Crafty – Volunteer with children who find therapy through art.
  • Web savvy – Update their website.
  • Excellent cooking skills – Drop off meals to recovering patients or those going through hardship.
  • Counseling degree – Counseling those going through a difficult time.
  • Muscle – Move heavy objects, organize pick ups, heavy lifting and palette sorting (like a food bank).
  • Party Planner – Donate your time to plan their next charity event or fundraiser.
  • Designer – Design the event fundraising invitations, menu, or program.

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I continued to volunteer on my own throughout college: youth mentoring, sorting pallets at the local food bank, and charity walks. When I found myself bored in a new city after college, I volunteered on weekends and worked with children through arts and crafts. Today, my husband volunteers with hospice patients on weekends and my volunteering is less scheduled and more individually focused or when the opportunity arises – from party planning to who knows what’s next! I’m willing to fill any need.

Ready to help? You can start right now from your phone/computer! Vote in the Band Together Campaign, and enter yourself to win one of the weekly set of 3 stacking bands from STACKED New York valued at $450! Vote daily until July 31.

Have you been a recipient of some one’s volunteering time? How did that make you feel?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.