TIU Girls’ Guide To Giving Back
Morning beautiful! With the holiday coming up, we’ve been talking a lot about everything we have to be grateful for. We feel so incredibly fortunate for all the blessings in our lives.
As a community, we have so much to give — with more than 2 million women on the TIU Team, we can really make a difference this holiday season.
We can share our time, our love, our positivity, and our kindness with the world. With some of the recent events that have hit close to home like the devastating fires in California, it reminds us more than ever that we are fortunate to have our loved ones and a roof over our heads.
If you’re wondering how you can help and give back during the holidays, we put together a give-back guide! It includes some of our favorite ways to volunteer our time and resources, whether it be through fitness, empowering young girls, helping moms and families in need, donating blood, and more!
We hold these causes close to our hearts 💗
Empower girls through fitness
Here at TIU HQ, we’ve recently become involved with the amazing organization Girls on the Run. If you’re not familiar with Girls on the Run, it’s a nationwide program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade that combines fitness and educational lessons to empower girls. Over the course of the 10-week program, we visit a local elementary school. For the first part of the lesson, we talk about important topics, such as how to stop negative self-talk, the power of visualization, and how to own your unique qualities. Then, we all practice running or walking together. The program culminates in a 5K for all of LA county that we do together!
We are so honored to be involved with Girls on the Run! It’s so important to start educating and empowering girls from a younger age, and I wish I had access to a program like this when I was younger. When I was growing up, I participated in a running program and ran a half-marathon when I was 12. But the program didn’t include any of the emotional and empowerment lessons that Girls on the Run teaches. Later in my 20s, running helped me overcome a lot of self-doubt and fears, so I know the power of fitness to help transform your mindset. Teaching that to young women makes such an impact.
With every lesson, I could feel the girls soaking it in. My favorite was a lesson on visualization where we did a short group meditation. These girls have SO much energy, but for 10 minutes they all laid there with their eyes closed — and not a peep! I could see their peaceful smiles with their eyes closed. Afterward, they told me they felt so calm. They could feel the results of meditation and it was so special to share that!
I can’t say enough about this amazing program. If you want to get involved with Girls on the Run, you can learn more about the organization here!
Adopt a family
Every year, we do this with our group of friends. We adopt a few families and have a wrapping party. Our friend Liz organizes it with a local hospice.
If you’re interested in doing this, we recommend looking at smaller, local organizations. You can start with a local hospice, children’s hospital, or a community center.
Give the gift of life
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. I started donating regularly when my mom became sick and needed transfusions, and I realized that there is a shortage. With just a few minutes of our time, we can truly save lives and that’s miraculous.
Volunteer in shelters and kitchens
You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, women’s shelter, or homeless shelter. It’s nice to choose a kitchen where the people living there work in the kitchen with you, so you can get to know them and connect. I’ve found that I share a similar past and story with some of the women and I am able to connect and share some inspiration one-on-one.
If you’re looking for a place to volunteer, the Homeless Shelter Directory has a list of soup kitchens across the country.
Raise awareness for a cause close to you
Everyone has a story they feel connected to, so it’s important to find something you feel personally passionate about.
Kat has worked with Brain Tumor and Parkinson’s charities, as she’s lost loved ones to both and she just became involved in a couple mother charities (see below) as a new mama.
I’m working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness raising awareness to break the stigma of mental illness- which I feel connected to with my story.
Donate to children in need
Hey it’s Kat!
I want to share some of my personal favorite causes and ways to give back. Recently I discovered the incredible organization Baby 2 Baby, which provides low-income children with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. As a mama, I can’t imagine not being able to provide these things for Bella.
After the fires, I donated items on their baby registry and we just donated $5,000 to them after the California Fires. I believe so passionately in their mission, and we will be doing more with them soon. You can get involved by volunteering to create bundles filled with essentials for babies in need or by hosting a drive in your area.
Learn more about this incredible organization here.
I also love the International Rescue Committee, which helps refugees fleeing conflict and natural disasters. You can send a refugee mother a kit of essentials for her newborn.
I recently sent 20 moms newborn kits on behalf of all the TIU mamas!!
Clean out your closet
Every few months, I go through my closet and donate clothes and shoes. One of my favorite places to donate is the Downtown Women’s Center, an organization devoted to serving and empowering women who are trying to get back on their feet. Many of these women need clothes to get back into the workforce, so it’s great to look through your closet and donate any professional clothing you don’t wear anymore. You can look up women’s organizations and shelters near you with similar missions.
This weekend I also went through my closet to donate to those affected by the fires in Malibu. So many families sadly lost their homes and all of their belongings and need all the help we can provide.
Visit a local hospital
Call local hospitals to see if they need volunteers! You may need to start now, since they do background checks and interviews. Last year Brian and I were too late, so we went to Toys ‘R Us and donated a TON of toys to the Children’s Hospital in LA. We did this instead of doing gifts for one another. <3
If you’re like me and you love arts and crafts, make handmade cards for a local children’s hospital or nursing home. You can get a group of your girls together with some wine and art supplies 🎨
Give a pup some love
Spend an afternoon volunteering at a local animal shelter ~ find one near you here!
What are some of your favorite ways to give back? Share with the community in the comments and let’s all inspire each other to spread the L❤️VE!!!