Don’t Forget About Giving Back

By helping others, you help yourself.

This is a difficult period for many of us. Psychologically, physically, and financially. But nonetheless, don’t forget about giving back. Nonprofits of all types need our support. It doesn’t have to be money. Donate your time as a volunteer. Participate in a fundraiser, such as a walk. Take those with no transportation to doctor visits. Or do any number of other tasks. And yes, monetary contributions help too.

Look at our other posts on this topic. And remember that both the donor and donee benefit!

Be Thankful: Don’t Forget About Giving Back

As B the Change Notes:

        • Support a small business.
        • Volunteer virtually.
        • Be mindful at the grocery store.
        • Reallocate unused funds to local charities.
        • Give blood.
        • Patronize companies that give back.
        • Share your knowledge.
        • Get takeout.
        • Check in on a neighbor.
        • Keep connecting.

Click the image to read more about each item from B the Change.

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How Giving Back Helps Us NOW

You can reduce YOUR anxiety by giving back.

We recently wrote about the importance of  giving back during the COVID-19 virus. Today, we consider how  giving back helps us NOW. Especially with regard to the anxiety and stress we feel.

Marty Nemko,  recently wrote about “Giving as Healing: A Tool for Enhancing Your Mental Health.” Published with Psychology Today:

After a talk by famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger, an audience member asked what to do about a patient who felt a nervous breakdown coming on. Everyone expected Menninger to recommend drugs or in-depth therapy. Instead, he suggested, “Leave your house, find someone in need, and do something to help that person.”

Indeed, my clients and I have found that giving can be healing. That may be especially important today. The double-whammy of the COVID lockdown and racial roiling is making many people sadder, angrier, or more anxious.

These are three giving ideas from Nemko — which will help you feel better too:

    • Do something for neighbors without their knowing it. For example, toss the newspaper from the sidewalk onto their doorsteps. More generous: How about doing a task your neighbor would appreciate, for example, pulling the weeds from his or her front lawn?
    • Do some pro-bono work. For example, mental or physical health professionals might see some more clients for free.
    • Put a flower on someone’s doorstep, anonymously or not.

For other ideas from Nemko, click the image.

How Giving Back Helps Us NOW
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Please Give Back Today

It’s our turn to pay it forward. And to thank the first responders.

With the advent of the COVID-19 virus, a new day of global giving back has been added. And that is TODAY.

So, please give back today. Any amount you can. And to any cause you see fit. [We donated to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.]

At GivingTuesday.org: “We believe that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 touches every person on the planet, and it presents an opportunity to come together as a global community.”

“#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.”

“Let’s come together to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.”