Four Ways to Give Back in the New Year
It’s safe to say that New Year’s resolutions are somewhat of a tradition. This year, instead of racking our brains on how to improve our lives, we thought we’d try having more positive impact on the lives of others.
Here are our four favorite ways to give back in 2017. We’d love to hear from you too - how are you planning to do good in the New Year?
Volunteer for trail maintenance
You don’t have to be a fan of Wild to know the therapeutic, restorative effects of being in nature. Every year, countless hikers hit the trails in search of adventure, beauty, and some even seek to find answers to the most profound questions. Non-profits such as American Trails work hard to enable these journeys, and getting involved with trail maintenance can be as rewarding as hiking itself.
You can even help build the Pacific Crest Trail hiked by Cheryl Strayed.
Support those who serve
At Climashield, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality insulation to the military. We also believe that those in service to our country deserve our deepest respect.
Our favorite initiative allowing civilians to give back is Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends special care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, and their Caregivers.
However, you can get involved with many other organizations supporting the military and their loved ones. Have a look at opportunities with the US Department for Veteran Affairs and Military Family to find out how you can help.
Protect America’s climbing
According to Access Fund, one in five of America’s climbing areas is under threat due to access issues, and grassroots initiatives play a very important part in preserving the crags. Every year local climbing groups such as Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition or Joe’s Valley Bouldering organize clean up days. Under-the-stars parties are customary to celebrate a job well done.
Care for animals
To find new homes, rescue animals need to learn how to behave around humans. If you’ve always wanted to have a pet, but for some reason you can’t, walking the dogs at your local shelter or cuddling scared kittens might be a very rewarding (and heart melting) way to do good.
Animal Humane Society provides plenty of opportunities. You can also help fundraise for ASPCA, and learn about other ways to help rescue animals from this handy guide.