Recap: Volunteering at the Greater Washington County Food Bank

April has been a very eventful month for all of us here at the Tapolci Foundation! We’ve certainly been picking up the pace on our philanthropic efforts outside of the office in the past few weeks. To recap, we held our wildly successful event, #FundTheTruck, at Mad Mex in Robinson, exceeding our goal of raising $2,500 towards a 24’ refrigerated truck needed for the Greater Washington County Food Bank!

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Winter Solstice: Short Day, Big Giving

As I’m writing this it is currently only 11 degrees out. For me, that means
that winter is definitely here. But according to the calendar, winter doesn’t officially start for a few more days. The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs on December 21.  In ancient times the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia around this time. It is from this festival that the date for Christmas has evolved. The Romans celebrated this season as a season of light, and the birthday of the “Unconquerable Sun.”

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Season of Giving: Pittsburgh Volunteer Opportunities for December

ChristmasWe are a week into December, the holidays are quickly approaching, and the weather (sadly) started getting colder. The Season of Giving is here! At a time where we are running around working to complete our holiday to-do list, many others are struggling to just get by. This season, if you are looking to give back to the community there are many worthy options. Here are several organizations with volunteer opportunities for this December and beyond.

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12 Ways to Give Back for Back to School

As summer comes to an end and the kids get ready to go back to school you may find it hard to keep up with giving back to the community. Summer schedules and great weather make volunteer activities easier to sustain. This year you don’t have to forego all of the good you’ve been doing; instead bring the good to where you find yourself most often… school!

Parental involvement at school is not only helpful; it is necessary to support the school system. A great way to get involved is to join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA can help bridge the gap between the school district, community, parents and students. There are many roles within the PTA requiring various levels of involvement. The best way to introduce yourself to the PTA structure at your child’s school is to attend a meeting and see if the organization is a good fit for you.

give backIf PTA involvement isn’t for you, there are many other unique ways to volunteer at school. Opportunities are available regardless of the age of your children. Involvement in high school is just as important as elementary school.

Here are 12 ways to get involved at the every level when going back to school!

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10 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Give Back this Summer

We just learned about how Generation Z is a generation of caring. Many Gen Zers have already found ways to give back year round. What can you do to support your own children’s philanthropy, while making sure they stay active and learn this summer? Teach your kids how to give back to the community as a family.

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Below are 10 ways to teach your kids to give back this summer:

1. Read or watch the Lorax and plant a tree!

2. Volunteer at your local food bank. May kids get the majority of their daily nutrition from school, when school is out for the summer they can experience hunger and food insecurity.

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