You Can Make A Difference

Be a Hero in our Community.

A simple act of kindness can help our community thrive and change lives forever.

Check out these 45 different ways you can be a hero in our community.

  1. Donate to United Way’s Community Investment Fund.
  2. Pick up garbage in your neighborhood for the planet and your community.
  3. Buy the next person in line a coffee at your favorite coffeehouse.
  4. Mentor a child through Raise Your Hand TN.
  5. Drive your senior citizen neighbor to doctor’s appointments or the grocery store.
  6. Write a note of gratitude to a person that has impacted your life.
  7. Lend your voice and support to a foster child as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
  8. De-clutter your house and donate the items for good.
  9. Make cookies and bring them to your local fire or police station as a thank-you for their service.
  10. Donate new household items to GraceWorks to help a family transitioning out of homelessness get set up in their new home.
  11. Go to your local animal shelter and spend time with the animals that need a home.
  12. Bring your reusable bags to the grocery store—every time.
  13. Volunteer. Even giving a few hours makes a big difference for a nonprofit organization.
  14. Volunteer as a medical advocate and assist survivors of sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Center.
  15. Spread the word. Share our message via your social media outlets and inspire others to Be a Hero in our community.
  16. Skip buying a plastic water bottle. Refill a reusable bottle. Every minute, 1,500 plastic bottles pollute our planet.
  17. Donate or pack and sort food for people experiencing hunger at Second Harvest.
  18. Tutor an elementary school student in the Fifty Forward Friends Learning in Pairs program.
  19. Teach your children how they can make the world a better place.
  20. Sign up to be a volunteer at your children’s school.
  21. Plant a tree.
  22. Visit a local assisted living home and listen to a resident’s story.
  23. Leave a letter for the postal worker who delivers the mail. Thank them for what they do.
  24. Lend your time to a child through Boys & Girls Clubs.
  25. Get together with your friends and plan a toy, book or clothing drive. Donate the items to a local shelter.
  26. Bring an extra lunch to work or school and give it to someone who might have forgotten theirs.
  27. For your friend’s birthday, donate to a charity in their honor rather than purchasing a gift.
  28. Have a potluck dinner with friends and give the money you saved on a restaurant to a local food pantry.
  29. Buy a pack of diapers to be distributed to moms in need through Nurses for Newborns.
  30. Deliver nutritious, hot meals to homebound individuals through MidCumberland HRA’s Meals on Wheels program.
  31. Buy your next item of clothing from a secondhand store.
  32. Help an elderly neighbor carry their groceries from their car.
  33. Ask friends and families to donate to your charity of choice in lieu of holiday gifts.
  34. Donate new or gently used winter coats, hats and gloves for people in need.
  35. Plant some seeds at a community garden in your neighborhood.
  36. Give blood through American Red Cross.
  37. Donate your used bike to the Oasis Center’s bicycle shop which teaches at-risk teens how to rebuild bicycles while building their self-esteem.
  38. Write a letter thanking a member of our armed services for their service.
  39. Coach a kids’ sports team to encourage confidence and physical fitness in local children.
  40. Volunteer your time through a United Way Day of Action.
  41. Host a canned food drive to donate to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee.
  42. Participate in a park or neighborhood clean-up day.
  43. Become a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance free tax prep volunteer to help our neighbors keep more of what they earn.
  44. Help build early literacy skills by providing free books to infants and toddlers through the Imagination Library.
  45. Donate your old eyeglasses to be refurbished for people in need.

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