Fun Ways to Give Back to your Community this Summer

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It’s finally Summer, and even though kids have been home for a while, many families are looking to do anything but have a lazy Summer break. In between pool parties and Summer getaways, find some time to give back with these fun activities for the whole family.

When it comes to giving back to the community, any action big or small can make a real difference. Whether you’re volunteering at your local food bank or donating money to someone in need, you can have a positive impact on your hometown. 

  1. Get to know your community and what they need. Each town and community are different so you should talk to local non-profits and town leadership to find out what type of involvement would be the most helpful. This could be as simple as volunteering to serve food at the local soup kitchen or organizing the food pantry at the local food bank.
  2. Host your own Lemonade Stand. Create your own lemonade stand and/or bake sale in your neighborhood and donate the proceeds to a local non-profit. It’s a great way to have some fun, talk to your neighbors, and do something good for the community. Plus your children will not only learn the value of giving but a quick lesson in running a business!
  3. Grow your own produce to donate. Many food pantries are short on fresh fruit and veggies. Why not donate part of your harvest to those in need. Encourage your neighbors to help and create a community garden where everyone can chip in.
  4. Organize a food drive. Join forces with a local church, supermarket, or other community organization to set up a food drive. Find out what items are most needed and create a shopping list to hand out to people as they enter the store. Many people donate to food drives around the holidays, but often forget that they need food year-round.
  5. Volunteer at a local animal shelter. This can be as simple as cleaning out cages or taking dogs for a walk to get exercise. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved and play with a lot of different dogs and cats. You can also collect blankets, food and other supplies to donate.
  6. Clean up a public space. This takes no planning or advance notice. The family can enjoy some time outside while also cleaning up a hiking trail, playground, or park. Just bring some gloves and a couple of garbage bags and clean up the space as you enjoy using it.
  7. Spread the word. Kindness is contagious. Share your efforts on social media to encourage others to give back alongside you. This can be as simple as sharing a donation page, info about a community event you are involved in, or even the small things you are doing on your own. You may inspire others to join in with you.

Whether you choose to get involved in a pre-established organization or create something entirely your own, the Summer can be an excellent time to explore new ways to give back and make an impact.

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Susan Dickinson
Vice President, Lakeville Manager
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Author: Susan Dickinson

Susan joined Litchfield Bancorp in 2004 as a branch manager in the Lakeville Office. She has spent her career in banking with over 33 years of experience. In 2007, she was promoted to retail banking officer and attended Leadership Northwest, which is a 1-year program of the Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 she was promoted to assistant vice president. She is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management’s two-year program on banking theory, practices, and procedures. Susan donates countless hours to the local community. She became and is still the president of the Tri-State Chamber in 2009, which has a main goal of connecting commerce with community and doing what we can to help and support the local businesses. She was voted in as a director of the Salisbury Rotary Club in 2008 and in 2009 voted in as a director of the Salisbury Rotary Foundation; she currently holds the positions of treasurer for the Rotary Club and Foundation, “Service above self”. Susan was awarded the “Paul Harris” Fellow award on May14, 2013. Susan and her husband, Edward resides in Falls Village, CT. Susan also received a “leader in banking award” this past year, 2015.