Although the idea of helping those in need or supporting a cause is nice, it can sometimes be difficult to come up with the cash to make a charitable donation. Fortunately, there are other ways to support a charitable cause than by writing a sizable check. In fact, most charities and nonprofits are more than happy for other modes of support like clothing donations or vehicle donations, volunteer hours, etc. By thinking outside of the box, you can make a big difference. To help get the ideas rolling, here are three great ways to give back.
1. Offer Your Time
Most charitable organizations could really benefit from an extra pair of hands to help with their cause. Find something that you are truly passionate about and get involved – you would be surprised at how many opportunities there are for volunteering. Consider feeding the homeless one evening during the week, caring for animals at a local rescue, visiting with the elderly at your neighborhood’s nursing home, or answering calls at a crisis hotline. Every little bit that you can do will go a long way in changing the lives of others.
2. Join or Start a Fundraiser
You may not be able to offer the huge donation that you’d like to make to your favorite charity, but when you team up with others to support your cause, you can make a much bigger impact. There are a number of online sources that make it possible to raise funds by asking friends and family to help your cause through e-mail and social media platforms like Facebook. If everyone chips in just a little bit, the dollars will add up quickly. You can also do an online search for upcoming fundraising events that you can join such as a 5k walk/run, a charity auction, a fundraising gala, etc.
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Instead of dealing with the hassle of a garage sale or simply discarding your unwanted items, why not donate them to charity? It’s easy to bag up your old clothes, books, toys, etc. and drop them off at your local Goodwill store. Another idea is to clean out your pantry and donate unwanted, nonperishable food items to a food bank. Many charitable organizations would also be happy to accept a car donation. Old cars and boats can be sold by the charity, auctioned off, or given to someone less fortunate. You may even consider donating any of these items to a family at your church, your child’s school, or in your neighborhood that is in need.
You don’t have to be rich or famous to give back. By thinking creatively, you can make a big difference in the world.
Jillian Johnson is a professional content marketing writer and blogger who writes about a variety of topics. To read more writing by Jillian, follow her @MissWritey.