During the past couple of years most of us have experienced many trials and tribulation. Physical, mental and psychological health has been of the utmost importance in everyone’s life while trying to get back to normal. During this time, we’ve had to worry about ourselves, family and friends , as well as not being able to pay too close attention to or be active in our communities. Life can get hectic and taking care of yourself and your own loved ones is your number one priority.
As life begins to slow down, it is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community that supports you. Not only does doing good deeds out in the community impact the people you are assisting, but it is also good for your physical, mental and psychological health.
April is National Volunteer Month and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is participating in a company-wide volunteer campaign called #sharehowyoucare. This campaign is designed to remind employees and agents to get out in their communities this month (and all months after) to give back.
When is National Volunteer Week?
National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2022. National Volunteer Month takes place during the entire month of April. This dedication to volunteering can give everyone the opportunity to donate time this April and help organizations in need. It also is the perfect way to reflect on your own life and see what you can do to become the best version of yourself. Grab some friends or family members and join in this National Volunteer Week and month!
How to celebrate and make a difference
There are many ways to celebrate and get involved in National Volunteer Week and National Volunteer Month this April and throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities are abundant; just donate your time or talents to a community or organization you are passionate about. Having trouble finding an opportunity? The United Way of Central Indiana lists ways you can volunteer individually or as a group or try a few of these ideas.
Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers depend on support to feed themselves and their families. Consider hosting a food drive and sending 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 save 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. Because of the pandemic, it is in desperate need of blood donations. These blood donations save lives and make a difference in the community you live in. Before going online to sign up, make sure you are eligible to donate blood.
If you are interested in fueling great education systems throughout Indiana learn more at SENSE Charter School or a school in your town.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance gives back
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:
In Indiana, there are many underserved individuals and families who need our help every day! National Volunteer Week and National Volunteer Month in April 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 donating to these organizations:
Christamore House ̶ Located in Indianapolis, Christamore House offers child and youth educational service, senior programming and life skills training. It has 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 it is 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) ̶̶ IYG advocates for youth ages 12-20 who self-identify as LGBTQ+. IYG helps 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 ̶̶ The Julian Center empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence and creates a community where every individual is safe and respected. It needs 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 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.
Join us in celebrating National Volunteer Week and National Volunteer Month, but, don’t let the volunteering end there! Keep the kindness going all year. Learn more about Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance's impact impact in the community.