As your family gathers for the upcoming holiday, think about ways to make a difference in your community. It’s a great way to give thanks for what you have and to show your children that giving back can do good and feel good.
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Rainbows United, no matter what your interests. We have everything from gardening to filing to reading to children to special events.
Rainbows United has an agency wishlist that contains needs ranging from small to large, like toys, tennis balls or Christmas trees. Allowing your kids to participate in deciding which gift to give helps them feel involved and valued.
Photos with Santa is a fun December event to participate in or volunteer. Rainbows United always needs help with cookie decorating, crafts, and several other kid-friendly activities.
When you shop, you can help Rainbows United provide needed services for kids with special needs. Dillons’ Community Rewards and Amazon Smile are both set up to provide a percentage of your shopping total to RUI.
Giving Tuesday is a simple way to give back during the holiday season. Taking place on the Tuesday after Black Friday, log on to Rainbows United’s Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account and make a generous donation.
Bake some holiday treats as a family activity, then decorate, package and deliver to one of the three Rainbows United locations. Spend some time talking to the folks you meet there. You’ll spread some cheer and meet interesting people. During Camp Woodchuck in the summer, children would love to have homemade baked goods for a snack, too.
On your next birthday, plan a birthday campaign to raise funds for Rainbows United. Simply ask your friends to substitute a donation instead of a gift.
Rainbows hosts several fundraising events throughout the year. Check our website in 2020 for opportunities to volunteer at these vital events.
Volunteering time and money impacts the community where your family lives, but can also impact your family with good values that last a lifetime.
By Carol Martin, Finance Department, RUI