"It is in giving that we receive."  –Francis of Assisi

November, the month of Thanksgiving, is the perfect time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives and share our thanks by giving back to others. Whether volunteering our time or donating funds, contributing to the well-being of another yields rewards beyond measure. Here, we offer a handful of ideas for giving back to the community.

1. Attend a Holiday Home Tour: The Pacific Palisades Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour (November 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), now in its 33rd year, takes guests inside some spectacular, festively decorated area homes. Take the free shuttle and shop the holiday boutique to find unique treasures for everyone on your list. The $60 ticket fee helps fund grants for dozens of local nonprofits, which are awarded annually at the PPWC’s Community Grant night. Get your tickets today at ThePPWC.org.

2. Buy a Butterfly: All it takes is $10 to sponsor a butterfly in memory of 13-year-old Emily Shane at the Fourth Annual Butterfly Release Fundraiser, Sunday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Pepperdine University. Each sponsorship helps fund the Emily Shane Foundation’s SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program, which provides mentoring and tutoring support to local at-risk middle school students who could not otherwise afford this much needed after-school support. Help them reach their goal of 1,000 butterfly sponsors. Donate at EmilyShane.org.

3. Lunch with a Veteran: This Veterans Day is November 12, and what better time to show your gratitude for a veteran’s service than by taking them to lunch? Ask your local restaurants about meal deals and specials for veterans and enjoy a meal you can feel really good about picking up.

4. Take Your Pants Off: Pants Off Racing’s Almost 10K/5K Again for Pancreatic Cancer in Calabasas, on Saturday, November 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Malibu Creek State Park includes a 1 mile fun run/walk, and 5K and 10K distances. All proceeds from the event are used to assist families and support pancreatic cancer victims. Pants Off Racing’s mission is to provide service to those lives affected by pancreatic cancer through time, energy and goodwill; to integrate and unite generations, through sport participation, while creating public awareness about pancreatic cancer. Register at PantsOffRacing.com.

5. Serve Up Thanks: Set an extra place or two at the Thanksgiving table this year or consider serving others at a local church or facility hosting Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. The City of Malibu coordinates the Homeless Meal Program with the Community Assistance Resource Team and the faith community twice monthly. Get involved at MalibuCity.org/Homelessness.