During the holiday season and throughout the year, giving back is one of our key Tri State values. There’s no shortage of options for making a positive impact on the community. Here are a few ideas for contributing to good causes without breaking the bank:

• In-Office Donation Drives: We’ve found that collecting toys, winter coats, and canned food are all good ways to bring people closer together and help those in need at the same time. There’s something especially inspiring about seeing the impact we can make right in our own workspace.

• Giving to Local Shelters: Buying gift certificates and donating them to shelters for homeless families and animals is another great way to make a big difference at relatively little cost. The ability to help out at one of these shelters makes this gesture even more powerful.

• Team Volunteer Events: We get together to support good causes throughout the year. Polling team members before organizing such an event is a good idea, because you want to be sure your people are inspired by the cause they’re helping.

• Donating Professional Skills: Through our Tri State giveback efforts, we’ve found that nonprofits often need professional assistance nearly as much as financial donations. Whatever your expertise, explore your options for helping a charity advance its mission.

These are just a few ways companies can make a big impact in the community without spending a lot of money. To find out more about our culture, follow us on Twitter