For many people, the holidays are about getting together with loved ones and celebrating. However, this is also a great time of year to give back and make others’ lives better. That holds especially true for businesses that might want to show their appreciation for the local communities that support them.
From giving employees time off to volunteer to holding a fundraiser for a local charity, there are plenty of opportunities for organizations that want to support their communities during the holidays. If your business is looking for a way to give back this year, here are some ways to help those in need.
1. Hold a food and/or clothing drive.
This is a relatively simple way to provide resources that can make a big difference for people in need during the colder months, according to the Tory Burch Foundation. Set up a donation bin/box in a communal area at your office and ask employees to donate clothing (especially coats) and canned food.
2. Start a collection jar.
If you want to make giving back as simple and quick as possible, you can pick a local charity and set up a collection jar where people can make donations, the Inc. article “10 Ways to Give Back to Your Community” suggests.
3. Give a portion of your sales to charity.
Another relatively easy way to give back to the community is to donate either a dollar amount or percentage of your sales to charity, according to the Entrepreneur article “Three Ways to Give Back to Your Community at Holiday Time.” You can choose a cause connected to your business (e.g., a pet store donating to an animal shelter) or poll your customers on your website or through social media platforms to decide on a charity.
4. Offer paid time off for volunteering.
It’s common these days for companies to give workers the opportunity to take time off so that they can volunteer for the charity or cause of their choice, according to Inc. Making this gesture encourages employees to give back to the community and gives them the freedom to decide how exactly they want to do so.
5. Host a fundraiser with other local organizations.
Create a sense of community connection by teaming up with other businesses in the area to hold a fundraising event for a local charity, Entrepreneur advises. Not only is hosting an event a great way to help those in needs but it also gives your business the chance to meet and connect with community members.
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