Support Your Local United Way
Jason Bethke

By Jason Bethke

6 Ways to Support a Cause You Love

12/23/12


Turn your passion for a local fund-raiser, nonprofit organization, or community service project into action. You can support a cause by taking a hands-on approach and working directly with the key advocates behind the cause. Here's how!

1. Offer to help with the newsletter. Many organizations publish regularly scheduled newsletters to keep their volunteers and supporters abreast of any developments or activities. Use your writing skills to help the group fill these newsletters with interesting, relevant news.

2. Take pictures at events. Help an organization document its public events. These photos are invaluable later, when the organization wants to show what they do via social media, a website, or in the newsletter. But before grabbing your camera, talk to event organizers about confidentiality agreements.

3. Do some grunt work. If your cause has a local office, ask if you can help them tidy up their location so they can keep up a positive appearance. Mowing grass, planting flowers, sweeping floors, and washing windows are a necessity that volunteers can easily tackle with little to no guidance.

4. Speak about the cause. Ask if you can go into the community to advocate the organization's message. Set up information booths at community fairs or events to spread the message. Be ready to answer basic questions about the cause and pass out informational brochures.

5. Go online. Does the cause near and dear to your heart have social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Pinterest? If not, offer to create and manage these accounts for the group. This is a great way to reach more potential volunteers and support a cause.

6. Help with events. Every cause has special programming or annual events. Ask the organization if they need help with event promotion, or with setting up and cleaning after the event. Some causes need volunteers to assist during the programming too. Let organizers know you're willing to take a hands-on approach.

Ready to take a stance and support a cause with more than just your words? Learn about volunteer opportunities by visiting United Way online.

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