This holiday season may look a bit different due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), but that doesn’t mean we can’t support and think about others who may be less fortunate. There are still many ways that you can contribute to charities whether it’s through material or monetary donations, or volunteer hours.
Here are a few ideas to help spread some holiday cheer.
Local Food Banks
It is so easy to donate food to local food banks. Many grocery and retail outlets have food barrels in their lobbies to accept donations of non-perishable food. Pacific Service Credit Union has long been a supporter of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. If you are stopping by one of our branches sometime soon, feel free to drop off some non-perishable food as there will be barrels at our Concord, San Ramon and Pleasant Hill locations. Also, you can host a virtual food drive by creating a custom donation page. Organize your virtual food drive at an upcoming Zoom celebration or create a friendly competition amongst your office staff. The best part? You won’t have to lift a can at all!
In addition to donations, there are many volunteer opportunities as hours and locations are flexible. However, this year, volunteering may look a bit different because of COVID-19. Extra safety precautions may be implemented to help minimize the spread of the virus, especially during the holidays. If you plan on volunteering, make sure to follow the safety measures that are enforced by the food bank.
Many local shelters are in need of blankets, gloves, socks, hats, and coats. Similar to the food bank, there are often collection barrels at various locations. In addition, gift cards to local shopping centers such as Walmart, Target, or Safeway, are also accepted as donations.
Adopt a family
Use some of your family’s designated holiday money to buy or make gifts for another family in need. Many local organizations, religious groups and schools provide opportunities to help you sponsor a family in your area.
Pacific Service CU takes pride in being a good corporate citizen and an active partner in the communities we serve. Through our community involvement efforts, we provide charitable donations to local, non-profit organizations that support enriching and strengthening the lives of members in our communities. If you are involved in a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that would like to apply for community involvement funding, please email your request for an application and our funding guidelines.