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How Do You Give Back to Your Commmunity?

Chronicle of Philanthropy study rated communities on how much they give, but we're curious what causes motivated you.

 

A study released Monday examined what towns are most giving, ranking towns zipcode by zipcode across the United States. 

Some Patch readers have implied there's more generousity, more being donated than is represented by the study's look at contributions of cold, hard cash.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy's study found that local towns of Commack, Kings Park, Hauppauge and Smithtown donate  $10.2 to $23.5 million per year to local nonprofits. 

But we can't help but question if that's really the only way residents are giving to their communities. 

So we'd like to ask, How do you give back to your community? Do you open your wallets to give cold, hard cash to nonprofits or are you more likely to support a high school varsity team's car wash? 

Or do you give back to the community by offering your time and skills, rather than monetary donations? 

Tell us in the comments below, you never know - you might inspire others. 

John K. Massaro August 22, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Selfish much, Rob?
John Gruber August 22, 2012 at 06:43 PM
well then you probably shouldn't be living in districts that are well-known for schools, which usually means higher taxes...
SusiQ August 24, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Please remember to support your local Food Pantry. Most are also collecting school supplies for the children of families in need.
James Olson August 28, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I understand the feeling. I agree school taxes could be lower than they are if past obligations weren't incurred. It's probable school taxes could be lower in the future if more people did more than complain about it today. School Board elections are incredibly under-competititve. However, school taxes pay more than one's own children's education. By pooling our money we pay for the education of everyone's children because we don't want a generation of uneducated people becoming a drain on a welfare or corrections system. Without an affordable education available to my neighbours' children they are more likely to become a societal problem in the future...a problem I would have to eventually pay for to via welfare and/or jails.
James Olson August 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I've been looking for a way to give back to the community with my time but haven't found any takers in my areas of interest and expertise. I'm very particular, also, in that the non-profit mgrs. must be dedicated more to the mission of their charter than to their own prestige and position within the org. or community. I'm also very strict in that I'll only write grants for non-profit who are completely transparent with their use of funding....another thing not commonly found on LI.

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