Giving Back to Your Community: The Gift That Keeps On Giving


Checking your gift list this holiday season? Maybe this is the year to add a new recipient: Your community!

Why now? At a time when COVID-19 has left many of us feeling isolated and our municipal and community organizations stretched thin, giving back is a great way to foster connection, boost your spirits and ensure your community’s well-being. Helping out is also good for you; as Psychology Today puts it, when we give, we also receive. Community care is self-care.

How can I help?

Can my kids get involved too? Yes! Even very young children can help with clean ups at the beach or park, do something kind for a neighbor, draw pictures for first responders, or help make and/or deliver food to others — friends, neighbors, food banks or a homeless shelter. Look into L.A. Works’s family volunteer program, too. And don’t forget to talk to your little ones about the 5 ways giving benefits everybody. (And try some of First 5 LA’s 5 Holiday Activities for Families in this newsletter!)

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