5 Ways to Lend A Helping Hand

When I look back over this past year and see all of the names and faces of the people who have given of their time and energy volunteering with causes that they are passionate about, I can only think, “We are blessed.”

We are surrounded by businesses that continue to support non-profits through sponsorships, donations and in-kind services. We are blessed.

We have individuals who give of their time and talents to serve on not one, but multiple boards so that these agencies can move forward with the same direction as multi-million dollar corporations. We are blessed.

We live in a community that consistently steps up to the challenges put before them to provide services to those that need it most. We are blessed.

During this holiday season, step back, take a moment and reflect on the many things you have been blessed with and consider “returning the favor” by doing something for someone else. Here are a few ideas that don’t take a lot of time or money, but that can truly be a blessing in the lives of others.

• Donate non-perishable food items to one of our local food pantries or see if they need help stocking shelves or distributing food.

• Donate to a blood drive or register for the National Marrow Donor Program. These types of contributions save lives.

• Adopt a family, pick a tag off of a giving tree or simply put some loose change in the Red Kettle of the Salvation Army.

• Bring a plate of cookies to someone who needs a visit.

• Spend an hour interacting with residents of a nursing home. Play cards, help with a craft or stop by to sing carols with some friends.

Holidays can be overwhelming, that’s for sure, but think back to your childhood memories of Christmas. What do you remember most? Chances are, the things you remember, are things that were done for others. We are blessed. Return the favor.

For volunteer opportunities in Door County, visit or contact the Volunteer Center at 920.746.7704.