5 Ways to give back over the holidays

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Francisco Avalos, Valley of the Sun United Way Volunteer Coordinator, has five ways to give back over the holidays.

Improve Childhood Literacy:

  • Present: Stack of brightly colored children's Books tied with big red bow
  • Families can help sort books for local kids on Saturday, Dec. 13 at United Way or donate a children's book. Open to volunteers and families with children 8 and up. Improving Childhood literacy has a huge impact on our entire community and positively shapes these kids' futures.

End Childhood Hunger:

  • Present: Two children's backpacks filled with food
  • The United Way has 40 spots open for volunteers to fill backpacks for local children on Saturday, Dec. 13. The food helps kids without access to food on the weekend, return to school ready to learn on Monday. If you can't attend, you can always donate. $5 a week can feed a child for a month ($20 for month).

Help Teens Graduate:

End and Prevent Homelessness:

  • Present: Haircutting scissors, shampoo, towel, razor, shoes, etc. bike gears
  • Volunteer at this month's project connect on Tuesday, Dec. 16 to help prevent and end homelessness. Those 18 and older - guide locals in need through services such as free haircuts, picking out gently used clothes and shoes, getting their bikes fixed, etc.

Help the Working Poor Gain New Job Skills:

  • Present: White hard hat (white collar) or building plans, stethoscope, circuit board, etc.
  • Donate to United Way's Help the Working Poor Fund through a $400 tax credit. This provides valuable job-training, education and more to help individuals and families that are working hard, but can't make ends meet.

To volunteer for any of these events, donate or learn more, email volunteer@vsuw.org