Connecting to Your Community
In light of the recent events across the nation, if you're feeling pulled to give back to your community (but aren't sure where to start), here's a list of potential short-term and long-run ideas for you to think about:
In the Short-Term
For immediate results, you can donate your time or money.
Personally, I've interacted with these organizations and can vouch for their positive impacts:
For a list of more organizations in need of volunteers, check out Hands On Twin Cities.
For the Long-Run, Look Into Joining a Board of Directors
For those interested in helping non-profits in the long-term, becoming a member of a Board of Directors could be a good fit for you. (If you're a young professional, joining an Associate Board of Directors could be another option to look into.)
To learn more about Board of Directors opportunities, take a look at Propel Nonprofit's training for people who want to join a Board.
Keep an Eye Out for Scams
Unfortunately charities can be used for fraud, so as you're looking for ways to give back, spend a few minutes reading the FTC's guidance on How to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams.
Helpers Will Always Be Needed
And this is only a small amount of the resources available. If these aren't up your alley, there are plenty of other ways to give back. What's important is that you find an organization that resonates with you.
So pick up a broom, and make time to be there for your community.