This past year, the pandemic prevented many of us from helping in our local communities. As the world slowly gets back to normal, you may be ready to start safely giving back in your community, but how? Many people have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and it is important to recognize that. That’s why it is increasingly important to recognize how you can help beginning with National Volunteer Week.
When is National Volunteer Week?
Celebrate National Volunteer Week April 18-24. National Volunteer Week happens to fall on a time when many Hoosiers are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and Indiana seems to be slowly and safely opening back up. For more detailed information in your specific community, go to IN.gov.
How to celebrate and make a difference
There are many ways to celebrate and get involved in National Volunteer Week this April and throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities range from donating financially to your favorite organization to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity. Because there are many options to give back, do research on something you are passionate about. United Way of Central Indiana lists ways you can volunteer individually or as a group.
Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers depend on support to feed themselves and their families. Consider hosting a food drive and send the donations to your local food bank! Be sure to ask or research items the charity needs first. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is a community partner of Indianapolis-based Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners provides an easy way to host a virtual food drive. You can also check out volunteer opportunities and ways to give on the website.
Interested in giving blood that helps saves lives? The American Red Cross is dedicated to gathering blood donations that will help individuals throughout our communities. Help the American Red Cross this year and donate blood! Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is a proud partner of the American Red Cross and knows that they are always in need of blood donations. These blood donations save lives and make a difference in the community you live. Before going online to sign up, make sure you are eligible to donate blood.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance gives back
Last year, we published a blog post that shared how you could help your fellow Hoosiers. The post included a few of our community partners that offer Hoosiers many helping hands:
These organizations are a sampling of the many charities our company supports and you can also help with your time and/or donations. In Indiana, there are many underserved individuals and families who need our help every day! National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to research volunteer opportunities throughout the community to help make a change.
Spring clean and help out at the same time!
The United Way of Central Indiana highlights five service organizations that could benefit from items throughout your home after spring cleaning. Consider to donating to these organizations that will gladly take your donations:
Christamore House ̶ located in Indianapolis, Christamore House offers child and youth educational service, senior programming and life skills training. They have a need for donations of cleaning supplies (bleach, detergent, disinfectant) and toiletries (lotion, soap, toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes).
HVAF of Indiana ̶ located in Indianapolis, HVAF seeks to end homelessness among veterans. The organization provides housing and re-integration services for homeless veterans in the area. The donations that they are requesting include kitchenware (pots/pans, dishes, food storage containers), housewares (bedding, towels, washcloths, shower curtains/liners) and clothing (men’s tank shirts, thermal pants and plain t-shirts).
Indiana Youth Group (IYG) ̶̶ Advocates for youth ages 12-20 who self-identify as LGBTQ+. IYG helps to provide safer spaces and foster community for LGBTQ+ youth. The organization is in need of food donations including, canned food items, pasta, boxed meals, trail mix, beef jerky, protein bars and peanut butter.
Julian Center ̶̶ Empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence and creates a community where every individual is safe and respected. They need clothing (women, men and children), accessories (belts, ties, hats, gloves and mittens), entertainment (books, media CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes) and household items (home décor, bed liners, framed art and small appliances).
PrimeLife Enrichment ̶̶ located in Carmel, the organization provides various programs and services for adults aged of 50 and beyond. These programs focus on independence, wellness and socialization. The donations requested include household items, small appliances, clothing, books, games and art supplies.
But, don’t let the volunteering end with National Volunteer Week! Keep the kindness going all year.