#GivingTuesday is coming up on December 2nd. Trailing the consumerist ordeals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by a few days, this holiday is all about focusing on others. Because of their powerful skill sets, hardwood floor contractors are in a unique position to give back to their communities during this hashtagged holiday.
Donating to charity is one obvious way to participate in #GivingTuesday, but you can use your skills as a contractor to help out in other ways. Here are some ideas for those who want to take part in the holiday but don’t have a plan yet:
Donate your time and labor to a nonprofit organization.
Habitat for Humanity is a great nonprofit for contractors to work with because its core mission is relevant to the work you do every day as a hardwood floor contractor.
Habitat is dedicated to building and repairing homes for people in need of shelter. There are several locations throughout the country, so you can sign you and your team up to volunteer your time on #GivingTuesday to build houses with your local Habitat chapter.
If you would rather do some traditional charity work on December 2nd, you can also volunteer with a local soup kitchen, food drive, or a similar operation that is always in need of extra help.
Team up with others to organize an event of your own.
As a hardwood floor contractor serving specified areas, you probably have a lot of connections with people in your community. This puts you in a good position to team up with local leaders to plan a food drive, highway cleanup, or similar project on #GivingTuesday, or to sign up your company as a sponsor of one.
Being a leader or a sponsor of community work will allow you not only to give back to your neighborhood, but also to make meaningful connections with locals.
Take to Twitter.
#GivingTuesday was created by social media activists––that much is clear from the hashtag in its name. Twitter will be overloaded on December 2nd with tweets from companies and organizations who are participating in relevant events and volunteer projects.
If you’re giving back in the spirit of the holiday, use your social media profiles to talk about and share pictures of your experience. Be sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday in your posts so they can be found by interested users.
You can also use the power of social media to make a difference on #GivingTuesday even if you don’t plan to do any volunteer work.
If you don’t have the ability to donate time or money to a good cause on December 2nd, why not give a shoutout over Twitter or Facebook to a charity of your choice? Help spread the word about the work they do and why you think it’s valuable.
Donate money or resources.
Donating money to charity is definitely the most popular method of giving back, but that doesn’t make it less valid than volunteering.
All monetary donations made to Habitat for Humanity on #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar-for-dollar by corporate sponsors. You can also donate construction materials and vehicles to help the volunteers build affordable housing for people in need.
Of course, you can also donate to another charity or nonprofit organization of your choice. Chances are that they’ll be doubling donations or doing something special for #GivingTuesday as well.
#GivingTuesday gives us a great opportunity to donate our time to a good cause. It’s not about what you contribute––it’s the thought that counts (no, we’re not just saying that.)
You can join thousands of activists and community leaders around the country to celebrate this holiday by putting your skills to good use.
Hardwood floor contractors, are you planning to celebrate #GivingTuesday? How are you going to participate? Tell us in the comments or share your thoughts with us on Twitter.