(NC) Looking for some unique and interesting activities to make a truly memorable difference in your community this year? Here are some ideas:

1. Sponsor a youth sports team. There’s a good chance you know someone who has a child on a summer sports team. Whether donating uniforms, covering facility fees or helping out with coaching, supporting a local team is a great way give back to your community. Plus, if you have your own businesses, you may even get some publicity in return.

2. Fundraise for a charity. Do even more for that charity close to your heart. With a CanadaHelps fundraising page, you can bring your friends and family together to support any registered Canadian charity. You can even put together a list of all your favourite charities and let your supporters contribute to the ones they like best.

3. Run (or walk) to raise money. You don’t have to be a marathoner to run for an important cause. This summer consider joining one of the numerous walks and runs occurring across the country in support of great causes. Not only will lacing up get you active, you can feel good about it too.

4.Share your skills. Whether you’re a pro photographer, a great storyteller or the best at identifying birds, teaching other people about your passion helps them hone their skills and introduces you to other like-minded people. It’s a real win-win.

5. Give back. Smaller charities face a summer drought, as donations dry up compared to the winter months. Support these valuable organizations in your community with The Great Canadian Giving Challenge, created by CanadaHelps. When you donate to any registered charity on CanadaHelps.org or GivingChallenge.ca this June, your chosen charity will be automatically entered to win a $10,000 prize.

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