10 Simple Ways to Make a Difference for Others This Summer
by Jon Aguilar, CFGD Communications Assistant
As graduation season comes to a close and we look forward to new beginnings, we are reminded that summer is just around the corner. Whether you have sights on planting a garden, attending a family reunion, or enjoying summer festivals, there are many simple ways you and your family and friends can make a difference in your community this summer.
1. Start a Neighborhood Garden
While organizing a neighborhood garden is no small task, this venture can bring neighbors together, strengthen new friendships, and foster local stewardship.
There is no shortage of ways to get involved. Volunteer at a local food pantry, adopt-a-highway, or foster animals from an area shelter.
Reading strengthens young minds and helps them succeed later in life. Volunteer to read at your local library. If you have children, make it a family experience and ask them to help.
4. Coach a Team
Support your local youth by offering to coach a team. It's a great opportunity to share your skills and serve as a quality role model for area kids.
5. Become a Mentor
Many kids just need someone to look up to. Explore opportunities to become a mentor in your community.
6. Buy Fresh and Local
My family always looks forward to summer farmers' markets. They're a great way to support local farmers and boost the local economy.
7. Visit a Retirement Home or Hospital
Bring flowers to someone who hasn't had any visitors. Offer to play an instrument or share a talent. Or just simply offer your time to talk to someone who needs a friend.
8. Buy a Cup of Coffee
Buy a gift card at your favorite coffee place and have a barista give it to someone who seems like they're having a bad day.
9. Go for a Walk
Pledge to walk or bike to work for a week and donate the savings to a cause you love. Invite your coworkers and friends to join you. It'll strengthen your heart in more ways than one.
10. Donate to a Cause You Care About
What’s your passion? The Community Foundation's Giving Center is a place where you can discover and explore nonprofit organizations while learning more about the issues that matter to you. Want to explore our affiliates creating impact throughout Northeast Iowa? Visit www.dbqfoundation.org/affiliates to explore our service region.
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