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Can you believe that September is here? I was just saying to my heart mate last night that this year has felt like the fastest year I can remember. This time of year always feels like a ‘reset’ moment. Yes, many of us are back to school, back to work, back to the routine, yet the change in seasons, the start of a new term, or returning to work invigorated from a summer break all lead to the opportunity to consider trying something new, too. This is the perfect time of year to be thinking about volunteering and being a good neighbor, not only because September 28th is Good Neighbor Day! All month long there are plenty of easy ways to get involved and help others. Even dedicating just a small amount of time to help others, such as while attending music festivals or during your lunch hour at work, can make a huge difference to those in need.

For me, this was as simple as clearing out my closet so I could donate the items that were just sitting there unused. I live close to a church that runs a project distributing clothing to those in need, and also people who have job interviews but don’t have anything suitable to wear. I had a good rummage through my closet and found several jackets, shirts and shoes to donate. It took me only an hour but I hope it will make a big difference to someone else’s life and job application process. Plus, it’s good for the environment. Doing something neighbourly this fall doesn’t have to mean a big commitment; by committing just a couple of hours to help someone else you can make a huge difference.

At this time of year there are lots of volunteering opportunities across the country, including The Backpack Project in Georgia, which help homeless children with school supplies for the new school year. Many similar programs run across the country so do check out the State Farm Neighborhood of Good® website to find opportunities in your local area.

If you have already donated clothing or other goods, why not think about helping out in a re-use store? I have volunteered a few times with Habitat for Humanity and through those experiences I learned that their local chapters across the country have many ReStores. They have multiple locations that need volunteers to help customers, arrange the stores, sort through donations etc. This is a perfect way to take donating a little further by helping out in a store once a week, or even a few times a month. The great part of this volunteering opportunity is how the ReStores often have flexible time slots, and they allow you to sign up to shifts with friends or family. I know from experience that volunteering with friends and family is such a lovely thing to do. Interested? Here is a listing in Connecticut or click through to the State Farm Neighborhood of Good and search in your area.


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Great ideas! I like how you suggested volunteering with a friend because I get shy and awkward with new people so doing some volunteer work with someone I know makes it seem less daunting. Thanks Will!

    • @Sarah – Totally understandable. My favorite volunteering experiences have definitely been those I’ve done alongside my friends and heartmate.

  2. Hi Will

    This post resonated with me because I used to volunteer for Habitat For Humanity at high school (I clicked through to some of your previous posts) and it brought back so many happy memories of volunteering alongside my friends at HS. This was the inspiration I needed to kick start a new week. Going to look at Neighborhood of Good now!


    • @Jaqueline – Thanks for taking time to read some of my older posts, too! I’m so glad you feel inspired. Here’s to helping others! 🙂

  3. ReStores is new to me! Gonna check them out!! P.s. love the pants

  4. Perfectly timed Will….I just said to my roommate last night how I wanted to do more volunteering in the city! #itsasign 😉

  5. First of all, I’m your fan.
    Second of all, That’s a lot we could do that persons like you inspire us to do such a good thing to help others and like u said it’s the least that we could do.
    One comment, can you share what you’re wearing specially the brand / style if your shirt. Looks very fresh and I’m your fan of your style.

    Thank you,

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.