Matching Donations and Volunteer Interests by Maureen McCague
Christmas comes but once a year, and many of us have a great deal to be thankful for. As we pause and reflect about the joys and opportunities of the past year, may we also be mindful, and open our hearts and pockets to others in need.
The Volunteer Centre has a number of different postings available during the Christmas break and throughout the winter season ahead. Volunteering in our community as the temperatures drop outside can be a perfect way to warm hearts on the inside.
For those willing to share some hours or free days of time as 2019 comes to a close, contact the Volunteer Centre and see what opportunities await to put your skills and talents to use.
Those of us with more demanding personal schedules may find it easier to give back by making a financial donation to a not-for-profit organization.
Why not post-date a cheque before the year’s end, and enjoy the tax deduction on your next income tax return? Free your calendar for egg nog, holiday movies, and visits with relatives by scheduling a donation for a December date of your choice.
Both time and money are important for our local charities to thrive.
One local charity we would like to highlight is the United Way of Leeds and Grenville, because an anonymous donor has stepped forward with up to $10,000 in matching funds – meaning that from now until December 20th, any amount you donate to the United Way will be doubled.
Donations to the United Way, both big and small, are investments that go directly back to the people in our community through programs and services, including emergency shelter and transitional housing supports.
The United Way also has programs to help local children, and provides support to members of our community who have been abused, or that are facing challenges related to mental health and disabilities.
For more information on donating to the United Way, visithttps://www.uwlg.org/or call their office at 613-342-8889.