Happy (almost) Independence Day! And what better way to honor our country than by giving back to your community–and the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting it?
Here are a few ways you can make a difference in your community this Fourth of July:
- Show your appreciation by volunteering with veterans in your local community! Not only will you make an impact on the lives of men and women who have served our country, but it’s a great opportunity to learn about their experiences. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs or American Legion websites to find out what you can do.
- Send a letter or care package to someone serving overseas. These men and women are far from their families and would appreciate a taste of home and a kind word! For a full list of needed items–like socks and Band Aids–and information on where to send letters and care packages, check out Any Soldier or The Hugs Project.
- Have an old iPod or another MP3 player you don’t use anymore? Don’t throw it away! Donate your gently used MP3 players to a wounded or ill veteran soldier in one of the many veterans or military hospitals around the world. Music has been shown to help soldiers recover by reducing stress, pain and anxiety. Visit The Silver Star Families of America website to learn more.
And if you’ve already got a jam-packed Fourth of July full of BBQing and fireworks with friends and family, see what you can do in the days, weeks and months to come! For more ways to lend a hand in your community this summer, visit GreatNonprofits.org and VolunteerMatch.org.