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5 Ways Your Charitable Donations Strengthen the Community

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There are many ways to give back to your community, ranging from volunteering to mentoring children and adolescents through local organizations, like the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative via United Way of Rock River Valley. However, one of the most effective ways to stretch your passion to help others is by making charitable donations. These donations put your money to work in local communities in several key ways.

1. Charity-Based Education Programs Reduce Barriers to Success.

Children, adolescents and even adults face barriers to being successful, productive members of society. Charitable donations can help reduce these barriers by encouraging learning opportunities and giving youngsters a chance to get a quality education and find a career they love.

2. Donations Fund Programs to Teach Life Skills to Adolescents and Adults.

Even those with the strongest academic backgrounds may need help with life skills, like finding a job or learning how to manage finances. Contributions to United Way of Rock River Valley help fund several programs to help teach life skills that empower your community.

3. Charities Help Those in Need Get Health Care.

Being in good health is essential to having a successful life, but unexpected health issues can arise. In addition, mental health issues can develop suddenly. To foster physical and mental health, local charities may offer community health programs to teach coping skills, access mental health services and help others access preventative care services. This can also reduce long-term financial burdens created by poor health as well.

4. Programs Provide Job Skills Training to Reduce Unemployment.

The economy may change, and those with stable unemployment could face serious obstacles if the economy shrinks. Furthermore, adolescents and adults may need help learning the skills needed for employment. Charitable donations help fund these programs, which reduce unemployment rates in your community. This means more people working and contributing to society in your community.

Additionally, a 2012 study found consistently lower crime rates in communities with lower unemployment rates, reports the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Therefore, donations to organizations offering programs for economic and community empowerment may also help lower crime rates, ranging from theft to substance abuse, in your community too.

5. Donations Can Help Provide a Roof for Those Left to the Elements.

Life can be hard, and homelessness is a topic that strikes at the heart of community strength. Although housing services exist, navigating the complex paperwork and trail to prevent homelessness can feel impossible. Your donation could be used to help at-risk families avoid default on home payments, or they may be used to help to with housing placement. Everyone deserves to rest comfortably under a roof.

Strengthen and Help Your Community With Your Charitable Donation Now.

The strength of your community depends on its ability to help those in need. Donating to charities is about showing you care for the people in your community. Donations can help life-saving medicine in their hands and give them a boost in times of need. Make your donation to United Way of Rock River Valley today from the convenience of your tablet, phone or computer.



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