Rick RaanesAs a The Woodlands, TX home owner, you might want to either donate or volunteer with a local non-profit. Part of the reason The Woodlands, TX is such a strong community is because local residents become very involved. When looking for the ideal charity for you to become involved with, there are many factors to take into consideration. Here are tips on finding local The Woodlands, TX charities and then learning more about them.

Search for local charities. There are several sites online that list charities that are searchable by address. For example, both Charity Vault and Charity Blossom have lists of The Woodlands, TX charitable organizations. Another way to find charities is simply by using Google. If you have a specific cause in mind that you’re interested in, search the name of that cause and “The Woodlands, TX” and see what comes up.

Research the charities. Once you’ve found a charity or two that interests you, do some research before donating or getting involved. Unfortunately, not all charities are created equally and some provide much more assistance to their cause than do others. Sites like Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau can let you find more information on the charity.

Do what works for you. There is no right or wrong way to get involved locally. If you choose what works for you then you will be more likely to stick with it. Say you really want to work with animals, but the first animal-related charity you contact only needs office volunteers at this time. Don’t feel guilty to decline and contact another group. There are many worthy non-profits out there that can benefit from your skills.

Use your unique talents. If you are especially skilled or talented in one area, use that to help the non-profits you become involved in. Sure, a soup kitchen can always use more hands when it comes to making food, but pro bono law advice or free accounting assistance would be more helpful. When it comes to free assistance, non-profits are often open to hearing how you can best help and could even create a new volunteer position just for you.

Hopefully these tips help you find the best The Woodlands, TX non-profit that fits your lifestyle and values. And if you’re too busy to volunteer, go ahead and donate. Money donations are always appreciated.

If you have any questions about being involved in The Woodlands, TX community, or if you want assistance with real estate, please contact me today.

Rick Raanes
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