The holidays are a time for togetherness. Things and items like warmth, comfort, and the kindness of a stranger can go a long way during the holiday season. In honor of Giving Tuesday, the Outschool team wanted to provide a resource to help give back to others in your community and beyond. Read on to learn more about how you can give back during the holiday season, starting with Giving Tuesday.
6 Ways You Can Give Back During The Holiday Season This Giving Tuesday
1. Support Your Inner Circle
"My family especially likes to celebrate the teachers, caregivers, and staff at my son's daycare during the holidays. They work so hard and have juggled so much, especially with Covid. They are the unsung heroes of my husband's and I's lives. They keep our sanity intact and deserve anything we can do for them!" -Anna
2. Personal Connection to a Family in Need
"On Christmas morning, each member of our family chooses a specific charity to support, and we donate. For instance, this may include purchasing clean water or livestock to support families. Each person chooses whatever is most meaningful to them." -Brandon
3. Giving Food When It's Needed Most
"I have a recurring donation to the local food bank. We buy turkeys and groceries during the holidays and bring them over to the food bank in person. Last year when that wasn't possible, I donated extra at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Earlier this year, when my daughter earned some money for cleaning, she was splitting it in half so that she could save half and donate it to the food bank and the pet shelter." -Michelle
4. A Little Goes a Long Way
"Our girls set aside what they earn in a 'Give Jar.' They recently heard how their grandparents sponsor a child. The twins decided they wanted to do that and will be using that money to sponsor a child from Compassion International each month." -Erin
5. Comforts That Remind You of Home
"We have worked with the kids and made donations to sports programs in conflict areas, like Unicef an organization that supplies soccer balls to kids in refugee camps. Locally, we have participated in programs like 'Adopt a family' food basket, and I've particularly enjoyed the programs that help refugee families new to Canada that need winter clothes. " -Bethany
6. Everyday Heroes
"Every November, we put out snacks, water, and a note for all the hard-working mail carriers and delivery people. Naturally, we know they work hard all year but especially at this time. We also give a monetary gift to not just them but the garbage pick-up team. Finally, we have a list we always donate to as well. For example, these organizations we either volunteer with, sit on boards, or have grown to love what they do over the years." -Amy
Find Ways To Volunteer Digitally or Remote
It may be hard to find a place to volunteer between the weather, schedules, or a pandemic. Luckily, there are opportunities where you and your family can volunteer remotely.
Check out this list of ideas and organizations that accept volunteers no matter where you live!
- Play a game of chess or checkers with a senior citizen online.
- Start a fundraiser.
- Sew a mask for a person in need.
- Sew blankets or create care packages for relief efforts.
- Start a little library with books to gift to those in your community.
- Organizations like Do.Something.org have online campaigns and challenges to give back to cause your care about and get certified volunteer hours.
- Make a self-care package for first responders.
- Collect cold winter essentials to give to shelters.
- Start a food drive.
These small acts of kindness can help teach several social and emotional skills in kids and teens, including leadership skills, organization skills, compassion, empathy, problem-solving, and teamwork. For more ideas, check out this link.
Did you know we have a non-profit organization?
The non-profit arm of Outschool, Outschool.org launched in March 2020 to help remove the barriers that prevent families and learners from, not just accessing Outschool’s marketplace of classes, but more broadly developing a life-long love of learning. Outschool.org’s mission is to provide access to a global community of teachers and learners for fun and social learning experiences. Through partnerships with families, schools, and community organizations, families gain access to opportunities for interest-based, personalized learning that give kids the ability to learn what they love and love what they are learning.
That's why Outschool.org is doing something more.
Holiday wishes can come in many forms. The chance for a new experience, an opportunity for growth, or a dream they didn't even know was possible. Every kid deserves the opportunity for life-long learning. That's why Outschool will match up to $1 Million in donations to Outschool.org from November 15- December 31. This season, give the gift that means a little bit more.
Giving Back and Helping Families in Need This Holiday Season
The holidays are about so much more than things. It's about the chance to connect, inspire, and help each other. So, whether your family is volunteering, donating goods, or taking the time to chat with your neighbor, it's all about supporting one another. No matter what you choose to do this season, no amount of giving is too small or big.
To learn more about how you can give back this season, check out Outschool.org.