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Archive for month: April, 2019

Giving Back to Your Community During Easter

Although Easter is considered a Christian holiday, that doesn’t mean those who don’t identify as Christians can’t use the opportunity to give back to their communities through service-related projects. You can pay a visit to your local nursing home or volunteer through programs such as Habitat for Humanity. Regardless of how you contribute, Easter is a wonderful time to illustrate the importance of giving back.

Charities

If religion is important to you and you want your donation to reflect that this Easter season, look for a Christian-based charity.

When you make a donation of any kind, be sure to do your homework on the charity to ensure your contributions are put to good use. Make sure the charity is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and check out their finances on GuideStar.com.

Donating to charities is really about generosity and the goodness you feel in your heart, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of the tax benefits available to you. A donation to Habitat for Humanity, whether it’s monetary or property, may provide a deduction against your income tax if you itemize deductions. The donation is deductible in the year in which it’s paid, so you’re eligible for the deduction each year that you donate.

Programs

If you’re looking for more of a hands-on approach to giving back, consider volunteering somewhere such as Habitat for Humanity. We offer volunteering opportunities to build safe, affordable housing. You can volunteer somewhere close to home. Right now we’re building in Charleston, West Virginia. Habitat volunteers are welcome on the construction site any day we’re building. Just check out calendar out here: http://hfhkp.volunteerhub.com. If you’re more comfortable away from the construction site, consider volunteering at our ReStore in the coming weeks.

Habitat also welcomes group volunteer efforts. You can get a group of people together from your work, church, or a community organization to form a partnership with Habitat to contribute to their vision. We have jobs and tasks for all skill levels and abilities, including construction, beautification, and landscaping. You can even help us in the office by volunteering for one of Habitat’s committees.

Your Own Time

Visiting your local nursing home or children’s hospital is another way to contribute to your community this Easter. Call before you go to discuss ways you can cheer up the people in these locations. Perhaps you can gather a group of friends to sing karaoke and get the residents at the nursing home or patients at the children’s hospital to join in on the fun. You can also make Easter-themed crafts or some creative Easter eggs with your kids to distribute to residents and patients to bring a smile to their faces.

Many homeless shelters offer a large Easter lunch, and they welcome volunteers to assist in setting up, cooking, serving, and cleaning up for the event. Check a volunteer search engine to find an opportunity near you.

No matter how you donate, contributing to your community helps you connect with your city and feel a sense of pride as you give back. We rely on volunteers and donations to continue thriving and providing for those in need. Easter is a great time to remember to think bigger than yourself and help those who need it most.

Spring Cleaning Just Got Easier.

The temperatures are rising, and the sunshine is back. Now more and more people are turning to home projects to break out of their winter hibernation. Spring cleaning is the most common – and easiest – thing you can do now as the weather still warms up. No one really looks forward to spring cleaning, but it helps to think about the final result: a clean and fresh house!

You may feel unsure where to start, but get your spring cleaning started by removing the clutter from your home. It’s as simple as taking stock of what you have and haven’t used lately. Outside of seasonal items, anything that you haven’t used in the last year is probably a safe bet to donate.

Divide your household items into separate piles with “keep”, “toss out”, and “donate” labels to make sure nothing is done away with improperly. It may seem hard at first, but once you get started it you’ll likely be surprised at how much you really don’t need.

Don’t just toss all of your unwanted belongings in the trash. Remember that “donate” pile. A lot of the items that have accumulated in your home are probably still in good shape and could be used by someone else. You can donate your gently used items to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores in Charleston and Teays Valley. Both ReStores can arrange pickup for large items that won’t fit into your car. The ReStore accepts things like building materials, furniture, light fixtures, lumber, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and home goods. You can even donate your unused paint as long as it is not oil based paint.

Don’t let the fear of possibly needing an item scare you into keeping things you don’t need. Repurpose it so someone else can enjoy it. Donate your items and give your stuff a second life.

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