Giving. Sharing. Supporting. Any way you want to say it, helping others is a vital component of any community. November is a time we gather to give thanks for all we have received and reflect on our blessings. Giving back and helping others is a great way to pay it forward. Here are some fantastic ways to give back this Thanksgiving season:

01 PROP (People Reaching Out to People)

Their services include a food shelf and short-term financial assistance to those in need. According to its website, PROP was “founded on the principle of neighbors helping neighbors by donating food, time and money to those in need.” You can support PROP by donating financially or by giving your time as a volunteer.

02  Memorial Blood Center

Donate yourself…literally. Donating blood saves lives every day, and if you’ve ever watched the news, you are aware of the great need for donated blood. If you can help, please do.

03 The PROP Shop

Donate your gently used food and household items to this local thrift store. Donations of winter clothing, hats, mittens and blankets are in high demand at this time of the year. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

04 Eden Prairie Community Foundation

Help strengthen the community by enriching the quality of life for everyone who lives or works in Eden Prairie. There are many ways to get involved: Begin by attending an event, volunteering for various activities or making a donation.

05 Greater Twin Cities United Way

There are numerous ways to give back with United Way! You can volunteer for a wide variety of projects or donate money. Many employers even collaborate with United Way to have employees’ donations withheld from their paychecks—making donations automatic.