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CAREER / 14 December 2016
10 Fun & Easy Ways To Give Back as a College Student
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Kim Lee

"It’s not what your community can do for you, but what you can do for your community"

As young professionals, a lot of our time is dedicated to school, whether it’s studying for classes, working on homework, being involved in extracurricular activities, or attending events for class. However, all students also have down-time that we can use to give back to our community. Why is this important? Aside from actually changing people’s lives, you’re also learning from volunteering and gaining knowledge outside of the books. 

Here are a few simple ways you can give back to your community this year: 

1. Gather clothing from students/friends/clubs and donate it to a local shelter. 

We all have clothes that we rarely wear or have outgrown. Why not give it to someone that will wear it more often than we do? Great donation places include GoodwillThe Salvation Army, or any local shelters, and churches. This is a fun and easy way that will benefit both you and the person receiving the clothes! 

2. Set up a recycling system for your home. 

Recycling isn’t directly giving back to the community, but it does benefit the environment! This is a quick and easy way to give back to Mother Nature. You can recycle newspaper, plastic, glass soft drink bottles, steel cans etc. 

3. Volunteer at a local animal shelter.

Who doesn’t love animals? You’ll become part of a very important team that can help you become better acquainted with animals, and maybe you could be that one extra hand that helps another pet get adopted. 

4. Make a card/letter and send it to a local hospital. 

I love getting cards or letters when I’m really sick because it shows that someone is still thinking about me while I’m not at my best. Being in a hospital can be lonely sometimes, so what better way to make someone’s day than by giving a patient a thoughtful card! 

5. Give blood. 

What’s a better way to give back than to save someone’s life? Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person. You can download the American Red Cross App to schedule appointments and track total donations. 

6. Write a thank you card to professors. 

I recently wrote to one of my professors and she was so delighted to receive such a thoughtful card. Honestly, even an email goes a long way. Just showing a little bit of your appreciation will make their day! 

7. Bake cookies and bring them to a local fire/police station. 

Every day, the men and women of Fire Departments put their lives on the line to protect our safety. Through a small act of kindness, you can show how much you appreciate them for their work. You can easily bake some cookies and brownies and deliver it to your local Police and Fire Department to see great smiles! 

8. Donate toys to foster children. 

During the holidays, as we’re shopping for others or ourselves, we often forget about those that are really in need. If you just put a few dollars together to buy a toy or school supplies and donate to foster kids, it’ll make a huge impact in a quick and easy way. 

9. Make a care package. 

Deployed military soldiers have a rough time, and receiving packages from someone definitely makes their job less stressful. Including personal items, snacks, games, and sentimental things can definitely uplift their time overseas. 

10. Donate to a charity. 

Snapdonate is an app that empowers you to help good causes when you are inspired to give, no matter where you are. You’re able to donate on the go- download the app today!   

If you can think of any other ways for young professionals and college students to give back, leave a comment below! 

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