12 Ways to give back in 2016
I recently did a Periscope on how I served in 2015. Here are some resources and ideas to help you be of service in 2016!
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Muhammad Ali
January- Use MLK Holiday to participate in service activity in your community. You can good to a food pantry, participate in voter registration drive, or help clean up the community. www.rockthevote.com
February – Take a moment and learn about something you didn’t know related to Black History. Also encourage youth to learn about black history figures don’t always think about (Charles Drew, Madame CJ Walker etc.) http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/
March – Women’s History Month and it’s a great time to raise funds for upcoming 5Ks. There are so many to choose from. I participate in March of Dimes each year, and use March to raise funds awareness about preventing pre-mature births and defects.
April- It is my birthday month, this past year created the I am Enough Campaign for women who cannot afford to attend awesome empowerment events and activities. Purchase a T-Shirt and join the movement. http://www.demishia.com
May- Support another great 501c3 in your area! I make it a habit every year to support Show Me Shoes, a great non-profit that does things in 3 cities Atl/LA/Kanas City. Their main activity is the collection and distribution of prom dresses to well deserving young ladies. They also conduct workshops on self –esteem and provide mentors for girls who need them. showmeshoes.org/
June- Self Esteem Really Matters, I conduct workshops for girls around late elementary/Middle school age to reinforce a healthy positive self-image. This is the time in young girl’s life where their self-esteem starts to fade.
July- Plan and check on the Elderly! You must plan to be the change you want in the community. Take this time to think of creative and impactful activities you can be involved in. Also the summer can be brutal to the elderly, check on them to make sure they are ok in the heat.
Sept- Teachers, think of our teachers! Donate classroom supplies to teachers and schools in need.
October- This is a great weather month in south at least to run a 5K. I want to spotlight The H.O.P.E. Inc. is another awesome organization that helps single parents who have at least part time job and are in school full time, that don’t qualify for assistance help they need and deserve. They host an annual 5K that helps fund their mission. www.hopbe.org
November- Grab your family and help someone else’s family. Create a Thanksgiving baskets, volunteer at a Soup Kitchen/Food Bank and of course check on the elderly that cannot get to their families.
December- Service Blitz time! Leave the year in a ball of service fire! Find a mentee, adopt a family, decorated door for elderly in a facility, host a clothing drive with friends and families, do anything that makes you feel good and helps the community.
Leadership is all about serving others, have a great 2016!
The Corporate Entrepreneur