Places where you can give back this winter
Even though the holidays are over, it's important to carry on with those feelings of family, of love and of giving back. It's time to help someone else, whether it be through monetary donations or hard work, by planting a new tree or handing someone a bowl of hot food. Winter is a time when many homeless people need help more than ever, in the form of coats and shelter, to weather the cold to come. Small things add up to big things and everyone can do a little something to make the world a better place. Here are a couple of ways to do just that.
A Wider Circle
Who: A Wider Circle
Where: 9159 Brookville Rd #C
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. any day
How: A Wider Circle's mission is to end poverty in the DMV. They want everyone to have a home with furniture and to have no one living on the streets. This foundation takes people's used furniture and clothes and gives it to families in need. They also offer free job help (advice, classes and formal clothes for the interview process) to anyone who needs it. There are many way to volunteer and help out. You can donate used or old furniture and drop it off at their warehouse to help a family in need, or you can contact them to help out with moving furniture either out of a donor's house or into a new recipient's house.
On top of making you feel great, philanthropy can allow Blazers to earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for their help, which count towards the high school graduation requirement. All of the charity groups mentioned above acknowledge the SSL requirements and are more than willing to sign the SSL form.
As a welcoming and diverse community, Blair has many different types of people and no matter their background, they are accepted. This acceptance should extend into the surrounding communities and Blazers can set the example. Show others that a considerate attitude isn't just for the classroom, but also for the world at large.
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