Love is in the air! Between beautiful store windows and fun, fancy treats, Valentine’s Day brings a breath of fresh air to winter. If you are trying to keep the love alive beyond this special holiday, then giving back will leave your heart feeling lighter. 

Giving back is good for you

Long, midwestern winters mean a lot more time indoors. For some people, it can even bring feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression, not to mention that fun dose of cabin fever. If you are longing to mix things up or breathe new life into your winter routine, giving back is a great way to add a spark to your days. Not only that, it is good for your health.

Those who give to others are more likely to experience increased self-esteem, social connections and feelings of belonging within their communities. No matter your age, giving back can help to elongate your life, lower your stress, increase your sense of purpose and leave your feeling happier. The best part? You will be providing much needed care to community members in need. From the looks of it, giving back can’t be beat!

Spread the love with these volunteer opportunities

Have we convinced you yet? Keep the love flowing in Greenfield this month and beyond by donating your money or time to these worthy, local causes:

Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen

Inspired by former fire chief, Kenneth Butler, this soup kitchen is passionate about feeding our community, regardless of race, religion, gender, orientation, medical diagnosis, mental capacity or criminal history. They provide warm, nourishing meals and are completely supported through volunteers and donations. If you would like to donate, head on over to their online giving page or donate food and supplies from their wishlist. If you are able to volunteer, the soup kitchen is in need of individuals who can help prepare and serve meals and assist with maintenance activities in the kitchen. 

Hope House

As a homeless shelter serving Hancock County, Hope House is dedicated to providing hope to our community and mentorship and empowerment to clients who need stability and help. Through their thrift store, they are able to continuously raise money that funnels into their nonprofit. Volunteers can work within the thrift store, sorting, cleaning and organizing or they can help directly through mentoring clients in finances, cooking, job success and more. Donations are accepted for both the thrift store as well as the shelter and there is a running wishlist for those interested. Monetary donations are taken on their website. 

Meals on Wheels of Hancock County

By serving meals to homebound residents of Hancock County, Meals on Wheels ensures that nutrition is available to all. Many clients are seniors who would otherwise face food scarcity and isolation if it weren’t for the kindness of volunteer drivers. Volunteers delivered 34,000 meals in 2023 alone! Head on over to their website to check out both volunteer and donation opportunities! 

Agape

Agape serves individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive, emotional or social disabilities. They are a testament to what a strong bond between animals and people can do for all of our wellbeing. Agape relies on hundreds of volunteers to help them make their programs a possibility in Hancock County. No experience is necessary to become a regular, weekly volunteer and give back to your community on a consistent basis! 

Hancock County Humane Society

If you love animals, then giving back through the Humane Society is a great way to spread the love right here in Greenfield. As a no-kill nonprofit shelter, they are supported completely by volunteers and donations with the goal of finding loving home for all of Hancock County’s homeless animals. They have openings for adults and small family groups who can commit to helping out on a regular basis. Teen volunteers are also welcome with parental permission. Learn more by heading to their website.

Many nonprofits throughout Greenfield and Hancock County host events and fundraisers throughout the year. Make sure to stay up to date by checking out events page regularly! Thank you for spreading kindness and giving back to your community!