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‘Tis The Season of Giving

End of year giving is ON!


Need some ideas on how to Transform Your Community?


  1. Donate to toy drives: share the joy of toys with kids in your community that do not have access the toys you enjoy
  2. Volunteer in community kitchens: help organizations feeding those in need in your community by volunteering a few hours of your time
  3. Visit a senior living community: visiting a local senior community and providing assistance, cheering folks up with smiles, hugs and stories.
  4. Donate canned goods: gather together a box or bag of canned foods and deliver them to your local community food bank
  5. Adopt a family: know of a family who is struggling this season, make them your guest for dinner or deliver a meal
  6. Winter warmth (Clothing Drive): many people are living in the streets and the weather is brutal, reach out to neighbors and together grab some blankets and warm coats and donate to the local shelters
  7. Donate Gift Cards: a great way to help a family with groceries, meal, clothes, toy
  8. Give a larger tip to servers: we all know how busy restaurants get during the holidays, be extra appreciative of the service providers
  9. Help at local animal shelter: love animals? volunteer at the local animal shelter and share the love and petting
  10. Bake and share: make your delicious brownies, cookies, cakes and share with first responders, the homeless, elderly neighbors
  11. Family relief: help family and friends by helping babysit or petsit so they can take a break
  12. Give books: reading is essential for development and a great a way to pass the time, share your old books with neighbors, friends, or donate to library
  13. Giving Tree: set up a giving tree where the ornaments may reflect a wish by a kid from the community, a wish you may grant
  14. Help someone get home for the holidays: pay if forward by helping with the purchase of an airline ticket, bus ride or an Uber ride for someone struggling to get home.
  15. Share your giving stories in social media and tag us #civicrush

There are countless ways to share your positive vibes and transform your community. Happy CivicRushing!

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Fulfillment Through Giving

Have you ever felt empty? Like something is missing? Do you have a list of achievements, yet you still feel unfulfilled? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Many people often encounter these same feelings. I even remember feeling like this at one point in my life. I would read articles on passion, purpose, and fulfillment trying to figure out how to get out of that funk. Through reading these articles, I found they all had one thing in common. Giving back to others. They believed giving to others or providing a service to others, provides a sense of fulfillment: a sense of purpose. Alice Walton, from The Science of Giving Back article points out, “Being part of something larger might be one of the best things we can do, both for others and ourselves.”

I couldn’t agree more. As soon as I started to actively and intentionally volunteer, donate, and engage in my community, I didn’t feel so empty. When I didn’t have time but was limited on funds, I would volunteer. When I didn’t have time but I had the funds, I would donate. When I didn’t have time or funds, I would try to engage in my community. Engaging in my community would be something as simple as doing a random good deed for some I encounter while navigating my day.

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” – Tony Robbins

Fulfillment is a great reason to give back to others. However, there are so many benefits to giving back:

It improves your health for both the mind and the body. Studies have found that those who volunteer benefit from reduced stress levels, lower blood pressure, and have a lower mortality rate than those who do not.

It provides new experiences and opportunities. It provides an opportunity for you to connect with like-minded people and even people who may provide a different perspective than you. Networking can lead to career opportunities, neighborhood resources, and more.

It contributes to your community. Whether it’s through community cleanup, community activities, or a simply act of kindness. You can gain sense of fulfillment through contributing to your community by making it a better place to live for everyone, including yourself.

Helps you find your purpose. If you want to find your purpose, do something for someone else. But don’t take my word for it. Mahatma Gandhi said it best, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

How will you lose yourself today?