Tag Archives: giving

DealDash Presents Great Places to Volunteer

DealDash

Volunteering can be a great experience for the young or old. Here are some great suggestions of where you can help, from DealDash.

Volunteering is one of the best things that you can do to help out other people. Many people volunteer for different reasons, but most people volunteer to lend a helping hand.  If you have some extra time on your hands, you should consider volunteering. There are many places that you can volunteer. It all depends on what you like to do. A lot of people don’t know about all of the wonderful volunteer opportunities that are available. Here are the 3 best places to volunteer, from DealDash.

Food Pantries

Food pantries are one of the best places to volunteer.  As you might imagine, food banks can always use some help when it comes to feeding the needy. You can hand out hot meals, do fundraising, cooking or even data entry. Whatever you choose to do you will be making a difference in solving the issue of hunger.  Almost every hometown has a food bank, so it is easy to get started with volunteering at a food pantry. There often food pantries in churches. If you attend church, why not ask if they have a food pantry that they need people to volunteer in?

Animal Shelter

Local animal shelters need a lot of volunteers. Every day people bring in their unwanted pets.  You could be answering phone calls, feeding the animals, answering emails, and doing some administrative work. It is best to connect with a local animal shelter in your hometown to volunteer.

The local animal shelter is a great place to volunteer as a family, as well. If you have kids who love animals, why not volunteer on a regular basis to come walk dogs? It’s fun, helpful, and good exercise as well.

Libraries

Volunteering at your local library can be a rewarding experience. Many libraries have reading programs for kids such as a summer reading program.  You can be putting books back on the shelves, assisting patrons, and running events. Ask your library if they need any volunteers. It will look good on your resume.

If you have a school-aged child, you could also volunteer to work in their school library. This is how I choose to volunteer. Every Friday I spend an hour at my children’s school volunteering in the school library.

Thanks for Reading

Volunteering is a fun and easy task to do. These places are the best places to start when you want to volunteer your time. Remember to do some research in your local area on the volunteer opportunities that you want to try. If you keep looking for volunteer jobs, you will eventually find a position that will change your life and other people’s lives. Volunteering can be a rewarding experience, for you and those that you are choosing to help.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on volunteering. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here. Also read our sister blog, DealDash Tips. We love to hear from our readers.

If you can’t volunteer time, why not give gift cards from DealDash to worthy organizations? Go check DealDash for a great selection. DealDash has gift cards for all occasions. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Have a great time on DealDash and happy bidding everyone! 

DealDash

This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Presents: Christmas Memories

christmas

What’s your favorite Christmas memory? Today we will explore Christmases gone by with DealDash.

Everyone (who celebrates) has a favorite Christmas memory. My personal favorite is from when I was about 4 years old. On Christmas Eve my parents told me that my Dad was going over to see some other family and wouldn’t be back that night. My mom and I stayed up “really late” to try to catch a glimpse of Santa. Looking back, it was probably only 10 o’clock or so, but to my 4-year-old self, it felt like the dead of night. We hear something at the door…And in came Santa! We hid behind a couch and watched him fill the stockings and put the presents under the tree.

What a wonderful memory. I must not have noticed at the time that Santa was looking rather skinny that year, and arrived on a motorcycle instead of a sleigh. It’s still my favorite Christmas memory. What’s your favorite holiday memory? Feel free to comment down below.

Going back a little further than 1984, if you look at history web sites, you can read about many wonderful old Christmas traditions. If we look back, Christmas, as we know it with the decorated tree, cards, and caroling, started back in Victorian times. At the beginning of the Victorian period families were more likely to give each other presents to celebrate the New Year than at Christmas. However, as time went on, the gift-giving was moved up to Christmas. The presents weren’t anything lavish or amazing. They were more likely to be nuts, fruits such as oranges, and things that were crafted at home.

We can partially credit Charles Dickens with making Christmas the celebration that it has become with Christmas traditions that we are all familiar with such as having a large Christmas dinner with the entire family and other activities that are focused on family togetherness. His delightful book, A Christmas Carol, was very popular in Victorian times, and it even influenced how Victorian families chose to spend their time during the Christmas season. Call me immature, but my favorite Christmas movie is the 1983 Disney cartoon Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

I hope that you have enjoyed this trip down memory lane. If you still haven’t completed your shopping list for Christmas gifts, be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has gifts for everyone on your list. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for disney christmas carol cartoon