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.
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.
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.