Volunteer your time.
- Big Brothers Big Sister
- Volunteer Match
- Network for Good
- Contact your Local After-school program or a Nearby Retirement community
Give away your things and share with someone else.
- For clothing and general items, and Goodwill and the Salvation Army for clothing and furniture that you're cleaning out of your home (a great idea!). Some charities collect specific items. The chart below (from LearnVest) shows a helpful list of organizations that collect specific electronic and other items:
|Item||Where to Send It|
|Computer||InterConnection.org, I Love Schools, Recycles|
|Cell phone||911 Cell Phone Bank, Cell Phones for Soldiers, American Cell Phone Drive|
|Eyeglasses||Lions Club International, OneSight, New Eyes for the Needy|
|Suit Pants and Skirts, Blazers, Jackets, Blouses, Dress Shoes||Dress for Success|
|Car||Donate Car for Charity, Donate Car|
* When it comes to taxes, remember that you can get a tax break on these donations if you itemize your deductions.
Give your health.
- Donate blood.
- Donate cut hair to Locks of Love or Beautiful Lengths, which will donate it to women with cancer who have lost their hair.
Giving doesn't have to be done only by those who make a lot of money - anyone can give! Those of us who are budget-challenged can be even more creative in how we give, and can identify even more with the power of a generous act.
Challenge yourself to think about how you can give this week in some way!