The United Way encourages people to become a part of their communities and find ways to get involved. No matter what your interests or passions, there are ways to make a difference right where you live. Here are three ideas to help you get started.
1. Become A Big Buddy
The “Big Buddy” program of Western Community Action is supported by Redwood County United Way’s financial assistance. The Big Buddy Program is a youth development program that strives to help children succeed in all aspects of life, relationally and educationally. Big Buddies are community members age 18 and older (16-17 with parental permission and added reference check) who have about an hour a week to spend with a youth. If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information contact us or contact the Western Community Action team.
2. Look Between Your Couch Cushions
Making a difference does not always have to mean trying to find more time in an already busy schedule. It also does not have to mean draining your savings account! Any donation amount you have will help. Make “finding” money something fun to do for your or your kids; look between the couch cushions, have your kids look for dropped change in the park, or save your coffee money a couple times a month! If this is how you decide to get involved, contact your favorite non-profit or click here!
3. Become The Voice
If time is scarce and money is tight, you can promote and encourage others to get involved. Social media has become a great way to let others know about the opportunities that local non-profits have. Most organizations now have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or other social avenues to communicate with supporters. When you “like” or “share” their posts you are helping to spread their message and become a voice for them!
These are only a few suggestions but there are many ways you can help your community. Read the article “6 Ways To Contribute To The Community” from UnitedWay.org, and for more information about becoming a volunteer or making a donation contact the Redwood County United Way today!