During the season of Thanksgiving, making an impact in your community and sharing your time, energy, and resources all contribute to what the season is all about – humanity. Aside from strengthening your ties to your community and building a social network, serving those less fortunate produces an engulfing sense of accomplishment and pride. Enhancing social skills, creating support systems, and remembering the forgotten emulate feelings of peace and joy.
So before the turkey slicing, cheese grating, and dough slamming kitchen festivities, take a moment to service those around you. Volunteering an hour to neighboring homeless shelters and soup kitchens or donating coats and winter accessories illustrates the true spirit of giving back. (Not to mention, displaying selfless deeds, showing enthusiasm for local causes, and establishing moral soundness looks impressive to potential and current employers.) Besides, everything you give out always returns back to its originator.
To discover volunteer opportunities in your city, visit VolunteerMatch.org.