Your Guide to Giving Back: 10 Resources to Help You Make a Difference

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Do you want to have a positive impact on your hometown? There are lots of reasons to give back: you help others, strengthen the community, meet new friends, and even improve your own well-being! However, knowing where to start can be difficult. That’s why The Arc of Monroe has put together this handy resource guide to help you make a difference in your community.

Donate your time and money

Whether you have a lot to give or a little, these links will help you make a difference in your community.

There’s no shortage of places to volunteer in Rochester. VolunteerMatch maintains a comprehensive listing of volunteer organizations.

Volunteers can also find a list of current opportunities at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Donating is another powerful way to help those in need. The Arc of Monroe offers several ways to give, including fun fundraising events throughout the year.

Pursue a career that gives back

Are you sick of feeling like a cog in the corporate machine? Find meaning in your work with a new career.

Working in direct support is an opportunity to profoundly impact another person’s life. While it can be difficult at times, the passionate people who do this work love their jobs.

Jobs that give back aren’t limited to the social services sector. Healthcare, education, and law are just a few of the careers that help others.

Start a nonprofit

Changing the world requires thinking big. Here’s what to know about starting a nonprofit of your own.

Charitable organizations span many sectors, including animal welfare, arts and culture, education, health, and human services.

Forming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit requires forming a nonprofit corporation in your state before applying for 501(c)(3) status. In some cases, a tax-exempt organization may choose to form an LLC for flexibility.

How to form an LLC varies from state to state, but overall it’s simpler than a nonprofit corporation. explains the process for New York step by step.

And always remember to take care of yourself!

No matter how you give back, it’s important to take care of yourself, as well. Compassion fatigue is a major concern in the nonprofit sector, and self-care is key to fighting it.

Learn to recognize compassion fatigue in yourself and others and prevent it through self-care, positive coping, and workplace strategies.

What does self-care look like for direct support professionals? It starts with strong boundaries and knowing your limits.

We all want to live in a world that’s just, fair, and kind, but making it happen takes work. If you’re ready to make an impact, use these resources to take action. Whether you donate a few hours of your time or commit your career to helping others, you’ll know that you’re making a positive difference in the world.