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Five Holidays to Support in January That Give Back

The eggnog has been drunk and the decorations stowed away until the next holiday season (okay, they may not be all put away just yet!). Now it’s time to look ahead into the new year and all that we have to celebrate. While you may be thinking the holidays are over, there is still plenty to take part in during January alone. Check out these holidays you can recognize this month to help do good deeds in your community and beyond.

 

1. National Mentoring Month

Not only is mentoring a huge benefit for mentee, but the mentor also gains invaluable experience. It sounds cliche, but often the person being mentored can provide a different perspective for the mentor. Take part in National Mentoring Month by checking in your local community to see if there are mentoring programs already established, like a Big Brothers Big Sisters program. You could help provide stability and insight in a young person’s life this month by taking steps to become a mentor.

 

2. National Blood Donor Month

January is also National Blood Donor Month. Especially during a global pandemic, the need for blood donations has never been higher. Mask up and head out to your local blood donation center where you could help save countless lives. If possible, consider organizing a blood drive at your place of work so that others can have the opportunity to donate. Many blood banks have mobile vehicles that will make giving blood convenient.

 

3. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Sadly, hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked every year. January is a month dedicated to preventing these situations from happening. Do some research to find an organization that is dedicated to helping with the prevention of slavery and human trafficking. Consider volunteering your time there this month, or making a donation if you are able. Every small donation or gift of your time adds up to help reach the larger mission and goal. 

 

4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man dedicated to equality for all and civil rights. Even in the year 2021, the work for equality for all is still not done. You may think of this holiday as a day off from work where you could use the time to relax. Instead, consider using your time to further Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts. Volunteer or donate to an organization dedicated to civil rights. Or, use the day to volunteer or donate at an organization of your choice. Whatever you do, use your day off to make your community a better place. 

 

5. National Soup Month

Okay, so National Soup Month is a holiday for those who love soup. However, you can give this an altruistic twist by volunteering at a soup kitchen in your community. They may not be serving solely soup, but you get the idea. Another idea to celebrate is to collect cans for your local food bank. Ask your neighbors to pitch in, or organize a drop off site in your community. 

 

Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving. No matter the month, there’s always a reason to do good in the world. Together, let’s use January as a time to make a positive difference.

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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