Winter weather tends to make things a little bit more difficult for individuals to deal with. These conditions can be even more dangerous for children and the elderly. Consider these seven options for giving back to your community during the cold and snowy weather.
- Visit neighbors
A simple wellness check can help someone significantly. They might not have an adequate supply of food or prescription medication, or could be experiencing problems with their heat. Stop in for a quick visit and ask if you can bring them anything to help weather the storm.
Shoveling is a grueling task, but something that is easier for healthier individuals than the elderly who are prone to heart attacks. Individuals over 55 should avoid shoveling altogether. Offer to shovel your elderly neighbor’s walkways, steps, and driveway to assist them.
- Concentrate on your sidewalk
Your own sidewalk creates a hazard if it’s slippery from ice accumulation, slush, or deep snow. Make it possible for walkers to pass by without getting their feet soaked or risk falling. This is especially true for people in wheelchairs or who use walkers or canes to aid them in walking.
- Donate clothes
Warm clothing is always needed during the winter months. Go through your wardrobe and donate clothes that are in good condition or that don’t fit any longer. Homeless shelters, non-profit organizations, and schools are potential donation sites.
- Focus on food
People need to eat all year long, but food insecurity becomes a bigger issue during the winter months. Food pantries accommodate more people during the cold months and are constantly in need of donations to help families in need. Volunteering your time at a shelter or soup kitchen is another valuable way to contribute.
- Look for those who need shelter
Cold weather causes individuals to crowd shelters, leaving some out in the cold. If you see someone who may be at risk of danger from the cold, tell the authorities so they can assist them in getting somewhere warm during bitter cold temperatures.
- Deliver food
People who can’t leave their homes still need to eat. Meal delivery programs can’t always give people in need their meals when treacherous weather hits. Offer to bring them something and keep them company while they eat. A bit of social interaction goes a long way.