The holidays are a festive time to spend with family and friends, but they’re also a perfect opportunity to focus on gratitude and giving. Not sure where to start? Check out some of Airbnb’s philanthropic programs, and find inspiration in what your fellow hosts are already doing to help make the world a better place.
1. Open your space to those in need
Thousands of generous hosts around the world have joined our Open Homes program, which lets hosts like you offer their spaces to people in need of temporary housing. Whether it’s helping guests who travel for medical treatment, refugees who are settling into a new city, natural disaster survivors, or relief workers who need a place to stay, you can make a difference. Volunteer your space
2. Give a little every time you host
In the spirit of Giving Tuesday—a global day of charitable giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S.—consider joining our new Donations program, which lets you contribute a portion of your bookings year-round to nonprofits that partner with Open Homes.
How it works: You decide what percentage you want to have automatically deducted from each payout to donate, and 100% of your donation goes to nonprofits who use the funds to help people in need find temporary housing. Right now this program is only offered in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, but our team is working to expand the program to more countries soon, so stay tuned. Start donating
3. Be the guest—for a good cause
Support nonprofit organizations by participating in one of 700+ Social Impact Experiences around the world. You can discover a parrot sanctuary in Hawaii, sign up for a mosaic workshop in Washington, D.C., take a feminist walking tour of London, join a sunrise canoe trip in Mexico City, and more. We waive our 20% service fee for nonprofit hosts, so 100% of what you spend on the experience will go directly to that nonprofit organization. Sign up for a Social Impact Experience
5. Team up with other hosts to make a difference
Get to know other hosts in your community by joining a host club and volunteering as a group throughout the year. Here’s what some host clubs have done recently as part of Week for Good, Airbnb’s annual volunteer initiative, when hosts, employees, and nonprofits come together to serve communities:
6. Put the earth first
From cleaning up beaches to refurbishing furniture, hosts around the world are doing their part to protect the environment:
7. Help out your community
Get inspired by these hosts who work to make their communities stronger and more vibrant:
8. Be an animal activist
These hosts lend a hand to our furry and feathered friends:
9. Offer on-the-ground support
From providing basic necessities to building schools, these hosts are making an impact:
10. Help children and the elderly
Check out how these hosts offer their skills, services, and time:
We hope these stories inspire you to get involved in your own communities this holiday season and beyond—bring your guests along, too!
This is such a lovely addition to this thread @Mike-And-Helen0. :) I hope he is keeping warm with the cold weather we are having now.
I hope you have a lovely weekend Helen.
Thanks for sharing inspiration!!!
There are so many interesting ways to help each other!!!
I live in a small village near the sea 50 klm away from Athens.
Our neighbours are very few...so everybody helps the other when in need.
Our planet is suffocating... and we are suffocating with it....lets all try to survive...
So yes, I make contributions to several organisations. There are some good suggestions here. Points 1 -6 provide links to direct donating or joining up with groups. Point 6-10 don't. Is Airbnb suggesting we write about these "good works" in our hosting blurb?
We work in areas related to our church and Seniors programs. We have housed many non profit groups. I wrote about our serving traveling missionaries singers and homeless in our profile in the beginning. Don't know whether it is there now or not.
I live in a small ski village in Andorra, in case you are not familiar with the country it is not in the EU, it's an associate (for banking reasons I think), not in the Schengen Agreement and 400sq kms in total. It is a little 'capitalist' haven and the best I can do is help my guests to recycle as much as possible and leave the appropriate bags for them to do so. I would love to donate to a local charity in Andorra, but having a hard time finding one... However, all old ski gear is donated to our local priest who will distribute it with great equality, from the rubbish collectors in great gear that no longer fits to other members of the outdoor workforce who need a warm set of working gear. We have a great organisation called 'Soldeu Locals' and there you can advertise free or inexpensive items that are looking for a new home. It seems to work!
I Host my Airbnb organically both inside and out. I encourage guests to use Environmental products, buy less packaging, insist that they use a compost bin and of next year, offer brief tips on how they too can save money whilst saving the environment by changing a few simple steps in their own home. I use all the old cleaning methods that my mother used and passed on to me, window cleaning, cookers, surfaces, toilets - all without buying chemicals. Next spring, I will open my outdoor organic toilet, known as, 'The room with a view!'
I will also be encouraging guests to pay more attention to the environment that surrounds them - sit under the stars, listen to the night calls of the owls, Nightingale, watch the bats + Go deep into the woods and surround yourself with the sounds and smells of what she offers besides the peace and calmness of the mind.
I believe more Hosts should take action and encourage their guests to do so too.
Wonderful Ideas. As owners of Cabanas Potosi, El Valle de Anton, Panama we already do most of the items listed in this article. Because we are members of the local Lions Club we help in our community all the time. We also help our community recycling program, spaying program, local schools and in our community church. The last week in January we are hosting, with other other Airbnbs, an organization of dentists from Canada who are coming to our community to give free dental care to the people of who cannot afford this service. It is always rewarding to help others in need , when you can, and become appreciated and respected within your communities.