The holiday season is all about helping others, so get your small business in the spirit by making charitable contributions this year. This is your chance to share your success and give something back to your community.
Dedicating time to charity during the holidays can also serve as a bonding experience for your employees. Helping others is a great feeling, and there’s no better opportunity to lend a hand than during this time of year.
Holiday Charitable Giving Opportunities for Your Small Business
Charitable giving isn’t all about donating money — time that you and your employees sacrifice to volunteer at organizations in your community can make a huge difference in the lives of others.
These charities could really use some extra help from your small business this holiday season:
- Adopt-a-Family: Employees at your small business can join together to participate in this Salvation Army program. The charity collaborates with local social workers to provide families who need a little extra help during the holiday season with food and gifts. The Salvation Army will give your small business a wish list of things the family would like to have, then your employees can divide it up and pitch in to get the requested items. This is a great way for your small business to give something back to the less fortunate members of the community during the holidays.
- Gift Employees with Charitable Contributions: Instead of giving your employees the gift of a holiday fruit basket, choose charitable giving. Allot a certain amount of money to each employee to donate to their favorite charity. Allowing them to give something back to the community by donating money to a special organization on their behalf will stay with them much longer than a generic holiday gift.
- Food Drive: Join forces with a local food bank to help stock its shelves for the holiday season. Ask the food bank what items they need, then create a shopping list for employees. Encourage each member of your staff to bring in a couple of items and before you know it, you’ll have enough food to ensure that a few local families in need are able to have a nice holiday dinner this year.
- Meals on Wheels: Your small business can help to feed senior citizens in your community, who are unable to prepare their own meals, this holiday season by volunteering at Meals on Wheels. The organization offers a few different volunteer opportunities, including donating money to sponsor the meals and even delivering them. Your employees can work together to help those less fortunate to receive a hearty meal, which is a fantastic way to spread holiday cheer.
- Toys for Tots: Hold a toy drive at your small business to benefit this annual holiday program from the U.S Marine Corps Reserve. Ask each employee to bring at least one unwrapped toy to donate to a child in need. If your small business is open to customers, take this charitable giving project a step further and encourage them to donate as well. Place the donation box in a high-traffic area so everyone can get excited by monitoring the number of donations.
It’s easy for people to get caught up in the stress and chaos of the holidays, but participating in charitable giving can be a humbling experience to remind your employees of what is truly important this season.