Dearborn — When your budget says, no, but your heart says, yes, the answer may be in your hands.
“As a college student, I have definitely come to realize that the holiday season is not just about spending money and giving gifts,” Wayne State student, Emily Smith said.
In its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is the chicken soup for your bank account after U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While many in mahogany paneled offices write big checks for end-of-year giving, philanthropy comes in many forms and there are other ways to give.
“The true meaning of the holiday season is giving back to one's community. Volunteering your time is quite possibly the best gift you could give to a community in need,” Smith, student lead for the 2016 C3 winning Full Circle Community Garden Program, said. “There is so much opportunity for volunteer work in Detroit and surrounding communities and by participating you could be making someone's holiday season extra special.”
The Ford College Community Challenge winners are just some of the students who give year round to their communities and worldwide; and you are welcome to roll up your sleeves and join many of their efforts.
“I first began volunteering my time in high school. As a member of multiple clubs and organizations, there were always numerous opportunities to get involved,” the Irvin D. Reid Honors College student said. “I enjoyed spending my weekends volunteering at local town festivals or participating in 5k fundraisers. I was able to make a lot of friends through volunteering and I was also to make a lot of people smile-which really opened my eyes to the magic of volunteering.”
Ready to get involved with the Full Circle Community Garden project? The students in the service learning course are currently planning the construction of four pavilions with solar panels and rainwater catchment systems to support sustainable gardening at sites in Detroit. Construction is slated to begin in April. Interested volunteers should contact Diane Van Buren, instructor for the service learning course.
Many universities and colleges seek support on a broader level on Giving Tuesday. Potential Wayne State donors interested in making a difference can support student scholarships, research advancements or a variety of educational and community programs by visiting Wayne State's gift processing page. Check with your alma mater to make similar gifts.
However, if your budget is tight and you’re already studying for semester end exams, consider these options: