When you give to United Way this holiday season, you gift hope to your neighbors in need. Whether it’s $5 or $100, your gift makes a huge difference because it is combined with so many other community members’ generosity. Whether your gift is big, small, or you are giving your time, you are helping United Way of the Midlands wrap a circle of support around our neighbors.
Explore 10 ways you can offer hope to someone who is struggling in our community today!
1. Help a family stay in their home.
Your $50 gift helps a family keep their heat on this winter; $250 prevents 6 people from being evicted; and $500 helps cover a rent or mortgage payment for someone impacted by COVID-19. Gift hope to someone in need of shelter today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
2. Make sure adults and children receive quality healthcare.
Your $25 gift provides 1 pediatric oral exam; $50 covers medication costs for someone who is sick; and $500 provides at-home care for someone who has long-term health impacts. Gift hope to someone in need of vital care today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
3. Help someone access mental health services.
Your $25 gift provides 1 group therapy session for shelter clients; $50 provides a month of behavioral health treatment for someone struggling. Gift hope to someone in need of mental health supports today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
4. Provide food for someone.
Your $25 gift feeds 19 people; $50 provides more than 300 pounds of food for a pantry; and $250 provides 2,600 meals. Gift hope to someone who’s hungry today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
5. Help an adult find employment and achieve stability.
Your $25 gift provides materials for an adult enrolled in an “English as a Second Language” class; $100 provides 2 semesters of GED classes for someone working to graduate; and $500 provides a new computer for someone in need of work to find and apply for jobs and work remotely. Gift hope to someone in need of work and skill development today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
6. Become a holiday helper!
If you’re looking for ways to give back this month, volunteer as a Holiday Helper: https://uwmidlands.galaxydigital.com/holiday-helpers/ Sign up today and help Together distribute food to local families in their drive-thru pantry, ring a bell for The Salvation Army of Omaha, deliver groceries to OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. patients, distribute toys and food to families for Heartland Hope Mission’s holiday drive-thru, purchase wish list items and more!
7. Help a local student learn vital life skills.
Your $50 gift provides homework supplies for 10 children; $250 provides 25 virtual tutoring sessions for students who are behind; and $500 provides internet access for 30 students for an entire year. Gift hope to a local student today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
8. Support a survivor of domestic violence.
Your $50 gift provides a toiletry kit for survivors who have to leave their belongings behind while fleeing abuse; and $500 covers two weeks of shelter and support services for someone experiencing domestic violence. Gift hope to a family experiencing domestic violence today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
9. Help a parent be successful.
Your $25 gift provides a hairbrush, book and hygiene kit to help establish a child’s nighttime routine; and $50 provides 13 age-appropriate books for a student. Gift hope to a parent in need of education and support today: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/hope/#eoydonate
10. Send a holiday card to a local senior or homeless shelter guest.
Many individuals who are in a senior care center or homeless shelter are experiencing isolation this holiday season, even more so with strict COVID-19 restrictions for their safety. Help someone feel less alone this month by writing to them and help us reach our goal of sending cards to 739 individuals this season: https://uwmidlands.galaxydigital.com/holiday-card-project/
About the Author
Emily is the Marketing Coordinator at United Way of the Midlands. She helps the team with all aspects of marketing projects. Emily finds it incredibly rewarding to be able to support our community through storytelling. Emily enjoys reading a good book, podcasts, and volunteering.
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