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The New Year is upon us! Have you come up with resolutions for 2017 yet? Every year, we each strive to improve our lives. Whether we want to adopt a healthier lifestyle or pursue a dream; our resolutions have a theme of becoming better.

At Saint Vintage, we take pride in raising money and awareness for cancer. Philanthropy is at the heart of our company. If you are looking for a resolution that can help make a difference, consider devoting your time to volunteering for a good cause.

Here are some ways that you can lend a helping hand in the New Year:

  1. Volunteer at a Hospital

Reach out to your local hospital and see how you can help volunteer. A great way to be involved is to simply go in and visit with some of the patients. Read to them, play games with them, or even just sit and talk. It sounds simple, but it can mean a lot to them! You can also volunteer as a greeter to welcome families or sit in the waiting room to provide some support to those families waiting for a loved one. Hospitals are also a great place to donate blood if you are interested.

  1. Participate in a Fundraiser

There are many marathons, races, or other activities that support a cause whether it is health related such as cancer awareness or community-related such as supporting the homeless. Take a look at some local activities that may be coming up that you can participate in. Plus, if you are already seeking to be more active in the New Year, participating in a marathon is a great motivator to be fit!

  1. Volunteer at a Shelter

There are a variety of shelters that seek volunteers such as for the homeless or pets. These organizations typically have a very small budget to assist those in need and are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand. You can help the homeless by serving food, provide entertainment, or wash clothes. Pet shelters are a great place to assist with cleaning, organize donations, or help with adoption events.

  1. Donate Supplies

Maybe your busy schedule does not allow you extra time to volunteer. There are still ways you can help! Go through some of your clothes or household items and donate what you do not use. Or, pick up a few extra items at the store to donate to a local shelter. Every little bit helps and can make a difference.

Resolving to become more philanthropic in 2017 will not only make you feel better about yourself, it will also be helping others. Volunteering warms your heart like few other things will.