Six ways to give in December

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Six ways to give in December

Dance Marathon benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Photo: Intrepid Visuals LLC

Giving back and volunteering actually benefits you – it makes you happier while encouraging social connections, and studies indicate it might improve your health. Check out these six upcoming opportunities for giving back on campus and in Lincoln.

  1. Adopt a family with Holidays for Little Huskers..This gift drive eases the holiday stress for UNL students with children and their families. Fulfilling the wish list of a Husker family is a great chance for an RSO/chapter or a group of friends to give back together. To sponsor a family, contact Holly,, with UNL Students with Children.

  2. Connect with a local volunteer opportunity online via the university'sGivePulse. It’s the one-stop spot to connect you with hundreds of local options to give back. Two events this week:
    • December 3 | Clinton Elementary Food Market. Help unload and move supplies at this food connection event in a nearby Lincoln neighborhood between city and east campus.
    • December 5 | Kids’ Christmas Party at Connection Point. Volunteers lead games, crafts, and entertainment with children ages 4 years and up while their parents get a night off.

  3. Donate a pint at the December Blood Drive on East Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 5 in the bloodmobile parked on the East Campus Mall. Sponsored by UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Nebraska Community Blood Bank. More details.

  4. Join up with UNL Dance Marathon (DM), an annual campus event fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The DM Huskerthon is slated for February 29, 2020, yet December is when you should commit to participate – either as a dancer, volunteer or donor. More than 1,000 students are already signed up to dance. Click the “Get Involved” tab on the DM homepage.

  5. Give items to Husker Pantry. An estimated 30 percent of Nebraska students face some level of food security and the pantry provides much-needed food resources. Donating is quick and easy via the pantry’s Amazon Marketplace wishlist; your purchases are sent directly to the pantry’s location in the University Health Center. The top three items needed in December are rice, school supplies and feminine hygiene items.

  6. Run/walk with your dog in the Holiday Run 5k/1-mile December 8 in Pioneers Park. Hosted by the Lincoln Track Club, this annual event benefits the Capital Human Society. Dogs, festive attire, and fun are all encouraged. Register now.

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