December 7, 2017

12 Good Deeds You Can Do in December

Make a list, check it twice—there’s still time to be nice

Making a difference…it feels good. And, it fuels us here at JayRay.

We’re lucky to work with many great nonprofits in the Puget Sound area. Whether they’re fighting poverty, connecting people to housing or providing job training for thousands—nonprofits are an integral part of our community.

With December 25 quickly upon us, consider these 12 good deeds to support the great work of nonprofits (beyond writing a check):

1. Become a Vintage Fashion Volunteer. Help Seattle Goodwill raise awareness of job training programs by making history come alive through fashion shows, onsite re-enactments and more. Vintage clothing and accessories date back to the mid-1800s. Get involved.

2. Ensure more foster children have free access to YMCA programs by donating to the annual campaign of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Get involved.

3. Hold a Crock Pot Donation Drive or Build Soup Kits for Crock Pots with United Way of Pierce County to provide hot, home-cooked meals this winter to families in need. Get involved

4. Put your creative side to use as an after-school volunteer with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. Opportunities include an art assistant, photography teacher, bulletin board and poster creator, Claymation technology assistant and more. Get involved

5. Empower students to achieve their dreams by supporting scholarships at University of Washington Tacoma. Scholarships lessen the financial strain on students and help foster a college-going culture in your community. Get involved

6. Bring live music to children ages 2 to 8 by supporting Symphony Tacoma’s Mini Maestros program. For some kids, this is their first live music experience. Get involved

7. Donate items that help youth who are homeless or in crisis. Nexus Youth and Families has a wish list of needed items including backpacks, toiletries, clothing and more. Get involved.  

8. Join efforts to empower African Americans, ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged families to achieve social equality and economic independence. Tacoma Urban League is a catalyst for change in the South Puget Sound. Get involved

9. Share your love of Thurston County or Pierce County and help shape visitors’ experiences by volunteering in a visitor information center. You’ll meet people from all over the world and learn why tourism matters. Get involved in Olympia. Get involved in Tacoma.

10. Honor children and champion play at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Volunteers help keep the museum free to all families with Pay As You Will admission. Share your unique talents in the office, at the museum or during a special event. Get involved. 

11. Support the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling. Your kindness provides education and treatment to problem gamblers and their families, and increases gambling awareness among teens and young adults. Get involved

12. Make an impact in your community by volunteering at a young adult shelter, managed by Community Youth Services. CYS focuses on at-risk youth and their families, providing individualized services. Get involved.

How will you make a difference this December? Tweet us @JayRayAdsPR.