It’s that time of year again, Christmas music is echoing through stores and offices, colorful lights are strung across houses and trees, and people are starting to think about ways they can give back this time of year. Whether philanthropy is something you do often, or this is your first Christmas giving to a charity, here are 3 ways you can help fulfill the Holiday spirit of giving back.
The act of giving money to those less fortunate is one of the oldest and still best ways to give to those in need. Professional charities have the resources and infrastructure to use your dollars in a way that will most benefit the cause you choose. Speaking of causes, there is a charity for nearly every cause, group, or organization you could imagine. Find something you are passionate about giving to and find a reputable charity that supports your cause.
If your finances won’t allow a cash donation, perhaps you have some time available to support a worthy cause? Many organizations use Christmas time to raise awareness of their need for volunteers and your local area should have many organizations that could use your help. Whether it’s a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or boys and girls clubs, your work and time will be appreciated.
Winter Clothing Drives:
Even if you may not have the time or money to give back this year, you can still make a huge difference in someone’s life by donating your old winter clothes. Generally items for cold weather that are still in good shape are eligible, and will be handed out at shelters to help provide warmth and comfort to those in need.
As you can see, there is always a way to give back. After all, spreading the joy of the season is the best present you can give yourself.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and what better way to give thanks than to find a way to give to others. There are so many people that truly want to give back but don’t know how. If you feel as if you fall into that category here are a few options for you:
Spread the history
People can give back to others on Thanksgiving simply by talking about the origins of the holiday. Discussing Pilgrims, harvesting and related topics can help people feel the spirit of it all.
Open up your heart and your home
It can be a wonderful gesture to open your home up to other people on the holiday. If you have a neighbor or coworker who has nowhere to go on Thanksgiving, you may want to consider inviting him or her over to enjoy a hearty and cozy meal.
Volunteer work can be a terrific option for people who want to give back on the holiday. You can think about spending your holiday in a local soup kitchen helping people who need warm food and relaxation.
Charity can also be a wonderful option for people who want to give back. If you don’t have the time to devote to volunteer work in your neighborhood, don’t fret. You can also think about donating money to a reputable organization in your area. You can also think about donating supplies. Old clothing that’s still in good condition can go a long way. Donating food items can help people in need, too. Philanthropy is important during the holiday season. Philanthropy and charity can help people out in ways you can’t even imagine.
Pay it forward
Do a good favor for someone else. Pay it forward. You don’t have to expect anything back, though. If you want to feel good about your place in the world, you should consider a random act of kindness. It doesn’t matter if you help an elderly neighbor unpack her groceries. It doesn’t matter if you walk a friend’s dog. Show your gratitude.
About Timothy Powers Alamo
Based in Alamo, California, Timothy Powers is a seasoned real estate professional with over twenty years of industry experience. Powers obtained his real estate license in 1989, and by 1996, he had opened his own Alamo-based mortgage company, Paragon Mortgage Bankers, Inc. In 2005, Timothy Powers opened a franchise for Intero Real Estate Services, a leading broker of real estate in California. Over the course of his career, gross sales for both of these companies have exceeded $1.5 billion. Powers currently serves as the President and CEO of Paragon Real Estate Services, Alamo. The company specializes in real estate sales, short sales and foreclosures.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Timothy Powers is a committed philanthropist who cares about helping others in the community. While he supports a wide range of causes, Powers is particularly passionate about helping families of enlisted military on active duty, working as a suicide prevention counselor, serving as a mentor to those with substance abuse issues, assisting families at Stanford Health Care (Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek, CA).
Timothy Powers understands how quickly families and individuals can fall on hard times. He watched both parents, as well as a brother and sister, die of cancer. He also witnessed people close to him develop substance abuse problems. These experiences have provided Timothy Powers with the compassion and understanding to help those going through difficult life situations in a non-judgemental way so that they can get through their problems.
Real Estate Assistance for Military Families
He is particularly passionate about helping families of enlisted military on active duty. While some soldiers are protected under the Service member Civil Relief Act, Timothy Powers understands that some families may find out that they don’t qualify for this assistance. Powers is committed to helping families of military personnel find available government assistance, as well as legal assistance.
With more than twenty years in real estate, as well as eight years of foreclosure experience, Alamo resident Timothy Powers plans to use his hard-earned skills to help those who have fallen on hard times. Timothy Powers’ emphasis will be on helping those on active duty in the military and those who are coping with serious illness in the family, with the hope of helping these families survive these tough economic times.
During the summer of 2014, Timothy Powers also spent a total of over 400 hours at Stanford Health Care (Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek) as a Hospital Chaplain, successfully completing his Clinical Pastoral Education. His duties included spiritual and emotional counseling to patients and families that are in crisis while in the intensive care unit.
Suicide Prevention Counselor
Timothy Powers has spent time as a suicide prevention counselor with the Contra Costa Crisis Center. The center’s mission is to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and connect them with culturally relevant resources in the community. You can learn more about the Contra Costa Crisis Center on their official website.
Substance Abuse Chaplain
Furthermore, Powers spends one day a week as volunteer with the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Nonprofit, counseling participants and giving them emotional and spiritual support as they focus on healing from drug and alcohol abuse. The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is a holistic rehabilitation center comprised of religious activities, work therapy, educational classes (spiritual, emotional, financial, life skills, and addiction) as well as recreational therapy. You can learn more about the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Nonprofit on their official website.