You don’t have to give cash to a charity to make a difference. There are several creative methods you can utilize to support a cause you feel passionate about. Here are some ideas to get your imagination going.
ASSIST A STRANGER
1. Simple acts of kindness to people you encounter every day is a simple way to get started. Give up your seat for someone on the train, hold open a door, or buy a coffee for the person in line behind you. Even just giving a stranger a smile can brighten their day.
2. Donate needed items at a local shelter. Coats, blankets, shoes, gloves and socks are items often needed. Call ahead to see what items your local shelter needs the most.
3. Teach your kids about giving. Involve your children in giving by talking with them about it. Show them how to look for opportunities. Encourage them to select unwanted toys to give to less fortunate kids. Let them see your example of smiling at others, holding doors open for people, or visiting someone in the hospital to cheer them up.
OFFER YOUR TIME
4. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Non profit organizations appreciate volunteers and there is bound to be organizations in your area that could benefit from your help. You can develop new skills and meet new people as well.
5. Donate your blood regularly, or even just one time. It is a wonderful way to give back to those who need it most. You contribute to a nationwide challenge to provide life-saving blood in times of crisis when you give blood.
6. Take part in a charity event. Many charities have a running event to raise money for their cause. The National Kidney Foundation has a Kidney Walk where people can walk for kidney patients and their families or people at risk of kidney disease. Search for a Kidney Walk near you, or look for an event to participate in with your favorite cause.
7. Donate or sell your unwanted gifts. If you receive an unwanted present, why not list it for sale and give the proceeds to the charity of your choice?
ENCOURAGE FRIENDS TO GIVE
8. Raise awareness and share your giving on social media. Giving a shout out to a charity, event or opportunity to help a worthy cause on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social channel is a great way to offer support.
9. Like and follow the social channel of the charity you care about. Here you can watch for events and opportunities to give and then share them with your friends and family. If you have a passion to help people affected by kidney disease, like the NKF Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram.
10. Do a raffle for charity. If you’ve got some desserts, rolls, or other yummy food left over from a party, consider raffling them for charity. You could even arrange a potluck raffle and pool the money while your group selects a worthy charity to give it to.
DONATE A VEHICLE
11. If you have a car, truck, van, motorcycle, or RV taking up space, why not donate it to charity? Kidney Cars is the most trusted car donation program for over three decades. Donating a vehicle to charity is easy to do online or by phone and costs nothing. Your car will be towed for free and the charity will benefit from your donation.
12. Most charities allow monetary donations through credit card, debit card, or PayPal. A monetary donation is always appreciated.
13. If your employer offers a payroll giving scheme, such as a matching gifts program, sign up for it. It’s a great way to give consistently and really help a great cause.
14. Leave money to charity in your Will. Leaving money or assets to a cause is called Planned Giving, which is a trending way for charitable giving.
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