We would all love to be more involved in giving back to our communities. Nothing is more satisfying or humbling than volunteering to help those who need what you have to offer. And giving back doesn’t just benefit others; consider it the ultimate mood booster. It’s a win-win for all! The only handicap to volunteering seems to be finding a place, the time, and an organization to serve. There are numerous groups in the Upper Valley in need of your time, skills, and generosity. With this list, you and your family can make community service a habit—one that your kids will continue into their adult lives.
I love to read. And like other book lovers, I tend to accumulate books. My collection piles up every so often and takes over my bookshelves, then oozes onto side tables, the coffee table, and—next stop—the floor. That’s when I take an afternoon to go through my books and give back to the community by donating them to a worthy cause. Here are some places to donate those gently used books and give back to your community while decluttering your space.