“The Season of Giving” is here. Whether you give with your time, money, or gently used items, we’ve outlined 10 ways you can give back in Washtenaw County. 

1. Join Food Gatherers in the fight against hunger. Volunteer your time once, or become a regular, helping in the warehouse, delivering food, in the community kitchen, and more. You can even get your office or family involved by signing up as a group. 

2. Donate or volunteer with United Way of Washtenaw County. UWWC offers several volunteer programs including mentorship, food distribution, and even virtual opportunities you can help with. Visit their website to learn more and sign up! 

3. Sponsor a donation drive for Michigan Foster Care Closet. Other ways to help include donating new and like-new items and volunteer opportunities. 

4. Give the gift of a good night’s sleep on “Giving Tuesday” by donating funds to Friends In Deed during their bed and crib drive. Friends In Deed is the only agency in Washtenaw County that provides new beds for free. They also accept gently used furniture, cars, and more. 

5. Donate time, money, or goods to the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County. SAWC is dedicated to ending homelessness one person at a time. Be a part of the mission and make a difference. 

6. SOS Community Services helps community members living paycheck to paycheck throughout the year. For the holiday season, consider donating gift cards and household goods to help provide holiday presents and meals. 

7. Get your hands dirty and volunteer at Growing Hope urban farm! If you’d rather keep your hands clean but still want to help, volunteer at the Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market. 

8. Ozone House helps support our community teens in difficult situations. There are many ways you can give back including hosting a drive for needed goods, donating funds, providing knowledge as a resume/interview skills coach, and so many more. 

9. Help the county and the environment by volunteering for clean-up days, and more opportunities through Washtenaw County Public Works

10. Are animals the key to your heart? Donate wish list items to Humane Society of Huron Valley. Items include pet food, towels, blankets, pet beds, and more. 


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