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Fireworks and Philanthropy – Volunteer Opportunities for the 4th of July

Comment (1) June 28, 2013

Let July 4th inspire you to do social good this year!  In the spirit of appreciating your independence and challenging yourself to uphold the equality and patriotism of this day, here are some ways to give back to the community and to the country.

The Hugs Project

1. Show our troops some love.

What better way to give back this Independence Day than by honoring the men and women who have fought for our freedom?  Take a moment to appreciate and thank our troops all around the world for their dedicated service to our country.  Send a care package to a soldier stationed in the Middle East through The Hugs Project or donate your gently used mp3 players or monetary contributions to The Silver Star Families of America, which funds and assists injured, ill, and dying troops.

Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children

2. Spend some time with your family…and help out another family in need.

National holidays are times when the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.  Take some time to appreciate your family members, and to understand that there are countless other families that are struggling to find stability in their lives.  Lend a helping hand to these families today, whether by inviting your neighbors to a backyard barbecue or making a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children, which helps military and veteran families find positive change in times of crisis.

Project on Government Oversight

3. Celebrate your independence.

We celebrate Independence Day to commemorate the freedoms, rights, and opportunities established by our Founding Fathers that we still enjoy to this day.  This year, resolve to stay informed about the decisions our government is making for us and stand up for your liberties.  Look into organizations like the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit that champions government reform.

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Civil War Trust

4. Educate yourself about the past to succeed in and inspire the future.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  Mull over George Santayana’s words of wisdom while deciding how best to make a lasting impact this 4th of July.  Preserve a vital part of America’s history with the Civil War Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving Civil War battlegrounds and educating the public about the important role these lands played in shaping our country.  Support efforts to educate our next generation of leaders in a socially responsible way, such as Operation Understanding DC’s mission to build a community of young leaders who work to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination.

5. Volunteer to help with your local celebration.

Love the fireworks, parades, or picnics your town organizes every year for July 4th?  This year start giving back at the local level and volunteer to help decorate, plan, or otherwise make your annual celebration a blast. Search your zip code on greatnonprofits.org to find charities and nonprofits close to home that may be hosting special Independence Day events or browse volunteermatch.com to find out what you can do to volunteer for your local festivities.

Celebrate July 4th with Some GreatNonprofits

Leave a Comment July 2, 2012

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Independence Day is a lot more than just barbecue parties and fireworks. Not that those things aren’t fun, (on what other day of the year can you wear overalls that are emblazoned with tiny American flags?) but on July 4th this year we challenge you to both celebrate and reflect on the true reason for the holiday.

It is a day to celebrate our country’s rich history and to remember the efforts made to secure our independence and the freedoms that come with it. In line with the spirit of the holiday, here is a list of reviewed nonprofits dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our country’s history. Nonprofits who work to uphold the spirit of patriotism, justice and equality.

1. Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba Diving Inc.
“…They take wounded warriors returning from battle and restore some of the mobility they may have lost due to injuries. It must be very liberating to be unshackled from gravity and learn a skill which will last a lifetime. The physical and emotional benefits must be so uplifting!”

2. Intrepid Museum Foundation, Inc
“…I can think of no other organization that does as much good with the contributions they receive…. Films and speakers, overnight trips for schools and scout groups in the newly refurbished lower deck. Space exploration, aircraft from every era of aviation history. Special displays highlighting the US Navy’s early work in integrating our armed forces. It is a wonderful organization, and I am proud to support it.”

3. Telluride Historical Museum Inc
“…Telluride is an incredibly special place and without the Telluride Historical Museum to preserve and share its rich history the specialness of its past would be lost….”

4. Operation Understanding DC
“OUDC has been such an important part of my life and continues to impact me years after I graduated from the program. It has helped shape my education, career path, my way of thinking, my identity, and my understanding of history.”

5. Hope for the Warriors
“H4W gave me a reprieve from the daily struggle that is living with a combat injury, and more than that they showed me how much people care about us… I contacted a few of the people that helped me over a year later and they still remembered me.”

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