Six Ways To Give Back All Year In 2020 During this time of COVID-19, it giving back has been on my mind. I’ve found that giving back can effect mental and physical health in a positive way in addition to strengthening your community and building connections. Check out some of my favorite ways to give back no matter how much time or finances you have… 1. “Adopt” a Low-Income Family As businesses continue to close and lay off employees, there are so many families out there who can’t afford basic necessities. Programs like Helping Mamas in Atlanta, GA is a part of the Baby2Baby network which gives you wish list information along with a shopping checklist to buy items needed by homeless and under-employed families. 2. Be A Conscious Shopper Since many people are home and shopping online, it’s easy to make a difference in the world by making purchases that give back. At my online store Liberty & Co., the mission is to help artisans around the world to rise above poverty and to create livable wages with their creations. We curate all products that are ethically-sourced and practice fair trade principles. Many other brands and retailers also donate a portion of proceeds to a favorite charity if you shop with them. It’s truly a win-win. 3. Make a Donation to Your Favorite Charity With the uncertainty of the future and craziness of day-to-day life, it is hard to focus on a budget. However, before you spend all your coins make it a priority to donate to those who are truly in need. There are a number of sites that make it easy to make one-time donations or set-up drafts that come directly out of your account. 4. Shop + Eat Locally Small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and if you live in a community like Savannah, GA then you know that these mom and pop shops are the heart of the community. They’re also ran by families and friends that pour so much into the surrounding areas. Whenever, possible choose to eat at local restaurants and shop at the neighborhood markets. 5. Donate Your Clothing While you’re home, why not make room in your closet by donating unworn clothing and accessories to those in need. This is a perfect time to pass on the items you have gently used but have no more use for in your entire families’ wardrobe. 6. Thank Essential Workers Nurses, Doctors, Firefighters and EMTs work tirelessly to keep their communities safe. Cashiers, Cooks, Non-Profit Volunteers, and City & Sanitation Workers have not skipped a beat during these trying times. Often putting themselves and their loved ones at risk to keep our country running as much as possible. Show them some appreciation by mailing or dropping a bundle of thank you notes from your kiddos or a package of the essentials they may need too like water, toilet paper, and sanitizer. Plus An Extra One… Speak Up Never in our lifetime has it been more necessary to seize the opportunity to speak up for causes that you believe in. We all spend so much time on social media sharing pieces of our lives. Consider using your online platforms to bring about more awareness for causes such as injustice and inequality with the Black Lives Matter Movement, educate your friends and family about slow fashion, and show support for the LGBTQ+ communities. Whatever it is that you care about…Speak Up!