5 ways to volunteer and help families this winter

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The decorations are down and the holiday festivities have ended. This can only mean one thing: The start of a new year, and with it, new goals. And while you’re working on your own resolutions, it’s also a good time to help others spark positive change.

Saving money and learning new skills rank among the top five New Year’s resolutions. This is never an easy task. But for families in our region who struggle with financial stability, it can be particularly difficult. More than 40 percent of families in southeastern Michigan struggle to pay their bills. As a result, they can’t focus on goals like improving their credit score or saving money for an emergency.

This winter, as part of our Seasons of Caring initiative, we asking volunteers to sign up for volunteer opportunities that align to our Economic Prosperity work. Together, we can help more families prosper in 2019.

5 volunteer opportunities this winter

  1. Help with tax preparations. January is the time to file our taxes and get our post-holiday finances in order. Help local families keep more of what they earn by becoming a volunteer tax preparer for Accounting Aid Society or Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. If you don’t have a knack for numbers, you can still assist by being a greeter and providing tax preparers with support and welcoming clients.
  2. Become a mentor. There’s no experience more rewarding than mentoring someone in need. Reap the benefits of mentorship by volunteering with HAVEN as a life skills mentor and assist domestic violence survivors in areas such as career building, budgeting or self-care. SisterFriends Detroit is also looking for mentors who want to make a difference in the lives of pregnant moms and babies.
  3. Share your gifts. Whether you’re a financial whiz or an expert tailor, winter offers opportunities to share your talents with others. Volunteer as a sewing assistant with Zaman International, which combines the goals of learning basic English with the skilled trade of tailoring to offer students the opportunity to find stable employment. If finances are your strength, become a financial workshop facilitator and share your expertise with community members seeking to improve their financial position.
  4. Assist with basic needs. Families can’t focus on improving finances or learning new skills unless their basic needs are met. Help seniors with grocery shopping or distribute food on Wednesdays with Crossroads of Michigan and Forgotten Harvest. These activities are family-friendly and they’re also a great way to spend more time with loved ones.
  5. Show others your path to success. Perhaps 2018 was your year or maybe you found the job of your dreams in a previous decade. As a guest speaker at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, you’re invited to share your path to success, help others learn about your career and discover the skills needed to succeed.

With your assistance, we can create thriving communities where everyone has more opportunity to succeed. Find the right opportunity for you and your family or friends this winter by visiting our volunteer portal at UnitedWaySEM.org/Volunteer.