Ideas to get you started

To express our gratitude and thanks to Gillian and wish her the happiest of birthdays on August 9, we’re making a pledge to improve our neighborhoods and communities, and make an impact with a cause close to our hearts. The purpose isn't to support any specific organization just because Gillian does, it's to find your own passion, take action and give back, whether through volunteerism or monetary donations (if your passions align with Gillian’s, that is fantastic too!).  To learn more about the charities Gillian supports visit her official website

A letter from GIllian to her 16 year old self.

Here are resources to find organizations in search of volunteers in your community: 

 

Give Back from the comfort of home

  • Every time you shop online, your charity of choice receives a donation: www.goodsearch.com

  • Test your knowledge while feeding people around the world: www.freerice.com

  • For every photo you share through the Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson gives US$1 to a cause you care about: www.donateaphoto.com

  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice: https://smile.amazon.com

Quick community service ideas

  • Donate old clothes or household goods to your local Goodwill or women’s shelter

  • Pick up some non-perishable foods on your next grocery trip to donate to your local food bank

  • Send a care package to deployed troops, veterans or wounded soldiers (Operation Gratitude or Give2theTroops)

  • Donate children’s books, novels or other reading materials to local shelters, libraries or schools

  • Offer to help an elderly neighbor with housework or yard work

  • Visit a retirement home and spend time making new friends

  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter

  • Offer to nanny or babysit for free to a family in need

  • Hold a bake sale, garage sale, or car wash to raise money for your favorite charity

  • Sponsor a child living in an impoverished country

  • Teach computer skills to the elderly

  • Pick up trash in your neighborhood

  • Clean up a local park

  • Adopt an acre of rainforest

  • Foster animals that shelters don’t have space for

  • Gather combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, and other toiletries to donate to a local homeless shelter

  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter
  • Tutor and mentor youth in your community

  • Donate your time and professional skills to a local nonprofit in need of consulting services

  • Donate blood at a local blood bank

Visit the #AllHeartGillian campaign page on Causes.com to make your pledge. Causes is the place to discover, support and organize campaigns, fundraisers, and petitions around the issues that impact you and your community.