This post was originally published on David T. Fischer’s website.
One of the most common misconceptions about charitable giving is that the term “giving” implies a financial contribution. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Of course, financial contributions can make a tremendous difference for a cause, whether that’s helping individuals directly in need or by donating to an organization that will, in turn, help those in need through more substantial means. But not all of us have the budget to freely give of our finances to fund the endless demand of charities that give back. Never view helping charities as a competition; you will always feel inadequate if that is your approach to giving back. Just as charities need money to thrive, they also demand a volunteering of time, which is something that anyone can afford to give.
In a previous blog, I discussed 3 ways that you can give back at no cost to you, but I wanted to expand on this topic further because there are so many other options available to you if you have a strict financial budget. Here are an additional 3 ways that you can make a difference by just volunteering your time or resources:
Donate Your Clothing
We all eventually grow out of our clothing. Seasonal trends change and we replace what we have with updated styles, sizes fluctuate and we can no longer wear some of our favorite pieces, and sometimes there are outfits that get lost in our closets that we don’t touch for years. Dedicate an afternoon to sorting through your closet and filling bags with clothes you don’t wear anymore. Not only will you benefit from less clutter, but you are giving those who have little financial stability an opportunity to get clothing to wear that they can pick up for free or at a discounted rate.
Volunteer For A Local Charity Event
We all live productive lives, but we often fill parts of our days with activities just to have something to put on our schedules. Seek out charity events that are happening locally and sign up! You can skip a morning session at the gym or an afternoon coffee trip for an event that holds more significance. These events range in size and the necessary tasks will vary depending on the specifics of the event, but do your research and find something where you can use your skills to give back.
Become An Organ Donor
Only 42% of the population in the United States are registered organ donors. Your part in this is simple and requires such a small time commitment, but its impact is outstanding! After you pass away, your organs will live on inside an individual whose ailment is affecting their way of life. You can literally become a lifesaver.
Charity is not about how much you can give, it’s about your passion to make a difference. Your contributions are no lesser just because you can’t contribute money. In fact, giving of your time is equally as important because it fills the gaps that money can’t touch.