Tips For Giving Charity When You Are Facing Tough Times
When many people think about giving to charities, they tend to think that they need to have money in order to help. The good news is, it doesn't take much money to help out a great cause and even if you do not have a single penny to spare, there are still ways you can do your part. Today we are going to discuss a few of the easiest ways you can go about giving back even if you are in a tough spot yourself.
Spread the Word
Is there a charity that you feel strongly about but you do not have the means to give your money or time? Even simply spreading the word makes the world of a difference. With so many charities out there, a lot of the times people do not realize just how simple it is to donate or where they should donate or even how they should go about donating. Using your social networking sites as a way to advertise a specific cause can make a dramatic affect on the successfulness of a charity. The more friends or followers you have, the better. Word spreads fast on the internet.
If you have the drive and the ability, you may want to create your very own blog or website revolved around this charity or charity-related topics in general. You can write articles, post photos and share inspirational stories about ways you have given back or what charities you like the most. Even if you have never made a website or blog before there are many free options out there that do much of the work for you. You may want to check out Webs and Wordpress as places to get started. Both are extremely simple and reliable options.
Facebook Fan Pages are another unique option. This allows you a special place separate from your own Facebook Page where you can focus solely on charity-related topics. If you have your own business, you can start collecting donations for the charity of your choosing. This is a great way to give people simple and easy access to the causes that tug at their hearts the most.
Donate Your Time
If you aren't able to give money but still want to help out a charity in a personal way, you may want to consider physically going to the charity location and asking what you can do to help out. Whether they need help filing paperwork, keeping track of finances, organizing food and clothing items for the needy or cleaning up; there is always a need for some form of help. Simply contact local charities and see what you can do. It feels great to do something out of the kindness of your heart and you are bound to learn some amazing life lessons along the way as well as meet people you are never going to forget; whether it be those who you are helping or the people you are working towards a cause with.
Have you ever considered giving back in your workplace? Many companies have the 'use it or lose it' rule when it comes to vacation time but will allow you to donate your vacation time to those who need it. Maybe your coworker has a sick family member and needs some time off to sort things out or they are struggling to find a new babysitter and are having a hard time keeping up. Giving someone else your unused vacation time is a great way to give back. For those of you who enjoy your job, you aren’t going to mind being at the office those additional hours. Plus, you can feel great knowing you gave your time to someone who truly needed it and appreciated your gesture.
Give Items You No Longer Need
If time and money aren't something you have readily available, you can always give personal items that you no longer need. Maybe you have clothing items that have been in storage for years or toys that your kids have grown out of. Donating these items to people who are less fortunate can drastically change their life. You get to clean out your home and feel good knowing that your donations are going to great use.
Maybe you have some extra canned food in your home that your family isn't going to get around to eating. Instead of letting the food go bad or gather dust in your cupboards, you might as well give it to people who desperately need food for their next meal. A surprisingly high number of people every single year are going hungry and not getting the proper nutrition.
Have you ever considered donating your hair or blood? Blood and hair are always in high demand. You may be able to help someone who was in a car accident and needs a blood transplant or a patient suffering from cancer who needs a new wig so they can continue living their life with a head full of hair.
Other Things You Can Donate
Maybe you've donated all the items in your home that you no longer need, but you still want to find new ways to give back. If you enjoy sewing or crocheting, you could make blankets for those in need. There are a surprisingly high number of people around the world who do not have the proper protection from the elements. Get creative with it. Contact local charities and ask them what types of items they are in most need of.
Ever heard of those local events where a large number of people come together and 'race for the cure' or walk for a certain cause? A lot of the time such events have a small fee to join or are completely free to participants. If you have a day off of work, why not do something that is going to help others instead of sitting on the couch and watching movies? Not only is it great exercise for you but you can also meet amazing people along the way. Bring your family and friends and it can become an event you will remember for the rest of your life.
Every Little Bit Counts
When it comes to giving back, keep in mind that every little bit counts. It doesn't matter if you can only afford to give a dollar or if you can only donate your time once a month. If you are passionate about helping out those in need, there are always ways to do so. Even if you are bedridden or handicapped, there are things that can be done. It doesn't matter where you live, what your income looks like, your sexual orientation, the color of your skin; any of that. Giving back is giving back, plain and simple. Never become frustrated because you 'cannot give as much as you'd like'. Trust us, the people and/or animals you are helping do not care how much or how little you can give; they are getting the benefits of loving and caring people such as yourself who take the time to give, even if they may be struggling themselves.
Not Sure What You Can Do In Your Area?
If you still aren't sure how you want to give back, contact local businesses that you enjoy such as that veterinary clinic down the road or that food bank and ask them for tips on how to give back. There are a lot of companies in need of help that do not have the money required to have proper advertisement. You may be able to give back by doing things you already do on a regular basis such as shop at certain stores or use a debit or credit card that gives a percentage to specific charities.
The above guest post is written by Jessy Law who is part of the team at Third Sector Jobs. The Third sector jobs, world leading charity recruitment company to get you right charity jobs easily.
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