5 Ways to Make an Impact: Winter Edition

By Tonka Dobreva 11.15.2017 interact

With temperatures dropping across parts of the US, there are people out there without adequate food, shelter or heat. So if the cold days have you down, why not take a few minutes to see how you can help? Here are five ways you can get involved with your community this winter season:

1. Shovel Snow

5 Ways to Make an Impact: Winter EditionGiving back can be as easy (and free!) as volunteering to shovel your elderly neighbor or grandparent’s driveway.


2. Organize a Coat Drive

Look out your window again. Now imagine being out there without a coat. Not fun, huh? Help get warm clothes to the people that need them by organizing a coat drive. First, research a local organization that is collecting coats for people in need. Then, find a place — like your school or local church — to host your drive. Tell your friends, family and neighbors to bring over any coats they can spare, and then arrange a pick-up with the organization so they can get those coats into the hands of the people that need them the most.

3. Bring Food to the Hungry

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During bad weather, elderly and sick people are susceptible to skipping meals because they can’t navigate the bad weather well enough to leave their house. Why not bring the food to them? Check out organizations like Meals on Wheels and Citymeals-on-Wheels to see if they need a delivery person for an afternoon, or see if your Mom will cook up some extra lasagna for your elderly neighbor down the street.

4. Keep the Puppies Warm!

Wintry WeatherAnimals get cold too! Research your local animal shelter to see what kind of materials they need — like old towels and blankets — to help keep those puppies warm.


5. Host a Food Drive

volunteer putting food in a donation boxGot a school dance coming up? Big basketball game? Make canned food the price of admission. Give the donated goods to your local food bank so when the polar vortex is in town, food banks will be stocked to feed those that need a warm meal.

How are you helping your community this winter? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. Evan W

    Yes!! Every year a bunch of family’s in our neighborhood get together and buy toys for kids that need them. This year we are buying stuff for 4 family’s. After we run a 5k and have breakfast and lunch together

  2. Carmen Dawson

    I do think that I should do more for my community. I will.

  3. g32502

    hey i would if i could but there is no snow where i am!!!!!

  4. ken21

    iam helping my community to shovel the snow for others.

    • g32502


  5. ken21

    to help winter keep warm and also keep your pets warm. And donate foods and other stuff

  6. Skylar McCormick

    Well if I could I would shovel snow in driveways but right now we don’t have enough snow yet.

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