It’s summer time in Hotlanta! Whip out the sunscreen and bug spray because sunny days and warm nights are on the way. While you’re planning your beach trips and festival outfits, remember that there are still hundreds of communities in need this time of year. Check out these tips on how you can give back year-round.
Donating a percentage of your commission check is not only an amazing way to give back, but clients appreciate knowing that their money is going to a great place. To take it a step further you can even make the donation to a charity of your client’s choice. A small monetary donation can go a long way. Click here for Auntie O’s (Oprah’s) list of 16 ways to make a HUGE impact with a donation of less than $15.
One of the greatest resources known to man is Google. You can easily find organizations that align with your values and donate your time there. Many volunteer opportunities can even be found just by observing what’s around you. Agents can give back by helping an elderly neighbor with yard work or preparing dinner for a grieving neighbor. Schools, churches and hospitals can always use an extra set of hands to help out.
Go big or go... HOME! Donating time and money go a long way but if you want to do even more, how about building a home? Habitat for Humanity is a non profit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. They believe that affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. My aunt is a single mother raising a daughter with cerebral palsy. She has supported her daughter for the past 20 years on a single income which has gone primarily to medical and educational expenses. Last December she became a homeowner for the first time in her life through Habitat for Humanity. It was a dream come true for her and one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. Not only is it life changing for the home buyer but also for the dozens of volunteers pitching in.
Giving back is an incredible way to connect with your community. Whether it's through donating your time, money or brain-power there are hundreds, even thousands of ways to give back so let’s make #Summer2018 all about Paying it Forward. It takes a village!
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