During the holidays, many people search for an opportunity to support charitable causes. And that is fantastic. The more we help each other out, the more love and hope we see in the world. SGC believes it’s our duty to give back — we believe in it so much, it’s even a part of our company credo.
But we also think it’s vital to practice giving back not just during the holidays but year-round. Many charities experience an outpouring of giving in December (again — we love it, yay!) but see that support fall as the new year begins.
So we put together a list of five places where you can help people all year long, including things you can do this month as well as the rest of the year. If you don’t see something that speaks to you, you can also consult “The Ultimate Guide to Giving Back in Central Pennsylvania,” which lists our favorite nonprofits in the area and ways you can connect with them.
1. Ronald McDonald House-Hershey
This is a personal favorite for SGC, as we have volunteered here together as a staff many times. They provide fantastic group volunteer opportunities, when you can bring your friends, family or co-workers and cook for the residents.
Have teenage children? They can sign up for the RMH baking program to make treats for the residents. It’s such fun, and it’s so amazing to know your time goes to help families whose loved ones are ill.
Find out more: www.rmhc-centralpa.org/get-involved/volunteer
2. Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair
CASEF holds an annual science fair for kids in the area to show off their science prowess. The organization needs education and science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) professions to assist with the judging for the 2019 fair, held March 5, as well as mentors to guide kids all year long.
Find out more: www.casef.org
3. American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
The Hope Lodge offers free housing for those who travel for cancer treatment. It needs year-round donations of household supplies, including disinfecting wipes, paper towels and kitchen trash bags (13 gallons).
Find out more: www.cancer.org/HopeLodge/Hershey
4. UPMC Pinnacle Children’s Resource Center
The center assists children who have suffered abuse as well as aiding their families. Year-round donations of gift cards for food are welcomed.
5. New Hope Ministries
Another place SGC has volunteered at as a team, New Hope gives food and support to those in need across a range of different locations. In addition to going in to volunteer, you can contribute food to New Hope. They update their requests every month with their most-needed items.
Find out more: https://nhm-pa.org
We’d love for you to share this on social media and tag us with some of your favorite worthy causes. We like finding new places to share our time and resources all year long. Happy holidays, and maybe we’ll see you at one of these locations in the new year.