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How to Find a Cause You Love This Month

It’s hard to believe that another month has come and gone. As we enter October and inch closer to the holiday season, year-end giving and volunteering also ramps up. That makes this the perfect time to find a cause you’re truly passionate about so you can consider lending your talents. Not sure where to start? Check out these tips to discover a cause you’re truly passionate about, along with some ideas to get started! 

Involve Your Hobbies and Interests

Think about what you like to do or something that you’re passionate about. Those hobbies and interests can translate into helping an organization succeed. For example, if you love music, consider donating your talents to an organization that teaches children music who can’t afford lessons. If you’ve always been an animal lover, consider volunteering at your local shelter. The list goes on and on. 

You can also consider what you’re good at and how that could translate into volunteering. If you’re great at sewing and knitting, you could help lend those talents to an organization that needs clothes. If you’re great at excel spreadsheets, consider asking an organization about administrative activities where you could lend a hand. These are all easy ways to get started and find a cause you love. 

 

Talk with Friends and Your Community

Still stumped? Talk with a friend about organizations they support to see if you have any shared interests. Sometimes causes we’re truly passionate about come to us after learning new information. Open yourself up to conversations where you ask others what they’re passionate about in your community. Chances are, those conversations will lead to your own passion igniting to do more good. 

 

Examples of Causes to Support

Still looking for some ideas on causes to support? October is full of important dates you can use to find a cause or remember to give back. Check out these examples of causes that have recognition this month: 

 

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Unfortunately, cancer has most likely touched all of us in one way or another. October is considered breast cancer awareness month. There are various walks and fundraisers to help mark the occasion to help spread awareness and raise money to fight this terrible disease.
     
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    October is an awareness month to help educate and help combat domestic violence cases and decrease the statistics. Sadly, too many people have been victims of domestic violence. You can use this month to research organizations helping domestic violence victims or educating yourself.
     
  • World Smile Day (Oct 1)
    Did you know that smiling can help boost your endorphins? Use this day as a reminder to be the reason somebody else smiles today. Use the tips above to find a cause you love and consider volunteering.
     
  • National Be Nice Day (Oct 5)
    Being nice is one of the easiest ways to spread kindness. While this isn’t an exact cause to support, it is a way you can spread the altruistic spirit. Go out of your way to perform random acts of kindness. 
     
  • Make a Difference Day (Oct 23)
    How will you make a difference? Now that you’ve hopefully found a cause you love to support, use this day to volunteer or make a plan to make a difference. Consider setting up your yearly giving or volunteering plan. 

Now that you have ample ideas to get started, it’s time to spread the love. The first step is always the hardest, so don’t be afraid to get out there and try something new today.

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 Utah 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.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

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  • 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.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • 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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