Several people having a charitable disposition do not necessarily have the money to donate to organizations. If you are one of them, then this article on easy ways to donate to charity is for you. If you are comfortable and grateful for a healthy life, you can always give back to society even if you are not loaded with cash. Following 13 easy ways to donate to charity (when you do not have much to spare) will get the ball rolling in the right direction.
1. Volunteer at the orphanage
Volunteer as a teacher or a caretaker for kids at the local orphanage. You can spend your time teaching children basic math, music, soccer or even spend some time making a group of them proficient with life skills. You can also care for the children like being present for the feeding of the infants, or during bath time, or playtime.
2. Volunteer to collect old clothes and drop off at an NGO
Many NGOs are involved in collecting clothing to distribute at orphanages and state sponsored old age homes. You could volunteer to collect donations from your building or your office and drop them off at the NGO office.
3. Volunteer to make items to donate to the needy
You can volunteer at non-governmental organizations that donate items to charity. You could volunteer to wash or sew clothes collected during a charity drive. You could knit sweaters or socks for the aged or the orphans. You can also spend time attaching several bits of clothing that is not in a fit condition into blankets and thin mattresses.
4. Donate blood
You can find the nearest Red Cross center and donate blood every 2 months. Do, however, get an opinion from your doctor on how much you can donate at a time and whether it really is a good idea to donate blood.
5. Work for the elderly
Volunteer once a month to take an elderly destitute person on a walk and give him or her a hearty lunch. You not only give them a break but also gain the wisdom of their age as you build a rapport with them.
6. Conduct fundraisers
If you are affiliated to any NGO or have contacts at an NGO, offer to raise funds for the cause they are currently involved with. Have a network of friends who like you are compassionate but not very well off. They could lend a hand with your fundraising and occasionally contribute to the cause.
7. Convert a hobby into easy money and donate
If you are an artist, you could sell some of the stuff you made and donate the proceeds to charity. You have already gained the satisfaction of having created a work of art. Now, further the satisfaction by raising money with the work of art. This is love, compassion and thankfulness combined with the joy of creating. Examples of hobby items you could sell are quilled items, handmade jewelry like bracelets and earrings, painted pots, streamers, or even baked goods.
8. Help at an animal shelter
If you love animals, you can volunteer one day of each week helping at the shelters cleaning, petting, transporting the animals, walking dogs, or doing their accounting, drafting legal documents for the shelter itself and so on.
9. Spread awareness about a cause
If you are passionate about a charitable cause like education, or afforestation, cleaning the riverbeds or the ocean, and already contribute your time volunteering, it is heartening to see the awareness spread. Talk about it every chance you get. Be eloquent, interesting and spread the passion.
10. Run a sponsored marathon
You can take part in marathon runs to raise money to donate to charity. This is not one of the easy ways to donate to charity but some hard work in this aspect will actually give you several health benefits.
11. Sponsor the education of one kid
If you have earning capacity and you want to give a bit of it for a good cause, you can sponsor one child in sports or his/her education. The child need not live with you. You only need to sponsor and monitor annual progress.
12. Foster children
You can also become a foster parent and take in one kid at a time. Spend time with them teaching them values and being nice to them. You can spend time helping them with studies and give back for the little blessing you received.
13. Volunteer at the soup kitchen
If you like interacting with different kinds of people, you can volunteer at the soup kitchen serving at the counter. You can also volunteer in the kitchen itself by helping to chop the vegetables or cooking the soup. You can donate leftovers at such places so they feed at least one needy person. You could even volunteer to collect leftovers and deliver at the soup kitchen since you might have friends and neighbors who like to give away leftover food but can’t go in person to a soup kitchen. So you can volunteer to make a drop off run.
Every dollar you give to charity and every hour you spend with someone in need makes a difference. It may not be visible at an individual level but it will surely add to the pool of grateful people around you and send a fresh spark of hope in to the society. We hope these easy ways to be more charitable when you do not have much money help you spread the love and compassion.