Are we merely a group of people living in the same place and sharing likeminded characteristics and beliefs? Or are we a group of people who care for one another; who want to aid in improving the health of our county and those who call it home?
We are one of the few cities where passersby greet one another cheerfully and where those who are fortunate go above and beyond to help those in need. Our capacity for giving is a hallmark of life in Fort Lauderdale. It has been for a long time.
This Thanksgiving, we are giving thanks to your community by sharing 3 ways that you can give back to others.
Doing good for others as a family is a great way to educate our children on the global good that volunteering does. It’s also a fulfilling way to spend time during the holidays and instill strong values in the next generation.
HandsOn Broward mobilizes people to help them make effective change in Broward County. Their mission is to transform communities by teaching socially responsible ethics and providing locals hands-on opportunities to make positive impact.
HandsOn Broward plays a part in widespread outreach initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity and also provides locals very specific volunteer opportunities, such as Feeding the Hungry at Jubilee Center. Their volunteer calendar is a great source for those who want to give back to their community this holiday season. If that’s your family, check out these upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Fort Lauderdale is a thriving community with a strong economy. Many of us live comfortable lifestyles and have the capacity to share our good fortune with others. If you do not have the time to volunteer this holiday season, then consider donating to a food bank or joining a clothing drive.
Thanksgiving feasts are only weeks away and many of us will soon begin grocery shopping and prepping for the occasion. During your next visit to the market, consider purchasing additional canned goods and non-perishables to donate for someone in need. Broward.org hosts a Holiday Food Drive this time of year and offers multiple locations throughout Fort Lauderdale and Broward County for you to donate. You can view all of the collection box locations near you, here.
In addition to donating food, donating your unwanted (or new!) clothing is also a generous way of giving back. Aside from traditional clothing drop locations, such as Salvation Army, there is a very convenient drop box in Victoria Park. All you have to do is package your unwanted or new clothing in plastic bags and visit the dropbox on NE 9th Avenue on the west side of Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School.
Every day our community faces issues that matter. These extend far beyond volunteering and donating. This holiday season, you can benefit worthy causes with a small charitable donation.
Community Foundation of Broward connects donors with causes that foster positive growth for future generations to thrive. If you have a cause that you would like to donate to, they will put you in touch with the foundation or organization where your charitable giving will have the greatest impact.
There is nothing too big or too small that your contributions will not benefit. Whether it be animal welfare, arts in the community, or ecosystem defense, your involvement will create positive ripples through Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.
If you know of any other volunteer or donation opportunities in Broward County, we’d love for you to share your insights! Follow us on Facebook and comment on our timeline with your favorite ways of giving back! When our community is joined under a common cause, we are capable of doing incredible things.