When you are on a budget, you might feel constrained in your capacity to give back to your community. Here are some creative ways that you can give back, even if you are on a tight budget:
- Tangible Charitable Gifts: Give a gift to someone in need in the name of a friend or relative. Many websites, including: ELCA Good gifts, Oxfam America and World Vision offer a variety of gifts under $25. You could give 2 soccer balls, art and music instruction or feed 10 people in soup kitchen for under $25 dollars.
- Click Giving: There are a variety of sites that give food to the hungry just by clicking a button or completing a question. Freerice.com donates 10 grains of rice for every answer that you get right. Thehungersite.com gives 1.1 cups of food to the hungry just by clicking the button on their homepage. If you clicked the button once a day for a year you would help donate 401.5 cups of food!
- Give Some of Your Stuff Away: Purge your closets and give away some of your gently used clothes, cellphones, computers or empty printer cartridges.
- Social Media Awareness: Believe it or not, one of the biggest ways that you can help non-profit charities is through social media! Join Causes on Facebook, write a blog post about your favorite charity, follow your favorite charity on social network sites, use social media to start or sign a petition, or change your profile picture to show your support.
- Recycle: This may seem simple, but it makes a big difference. Be conscious about recycling paper, cans, plastic and glass, and encourage your friends to do the same.
- Throw a Giving Party: Grab some friends and go to Feed my Starving Children on a Saturday afternoon. Throw a party and ask each person to bring a can or $5 donation. Collect used books from your friends, host a book sale and give the proceeds to charity.
- Form a Giving Circle: Do you wish that you could give a bigger donation to a specific cause? Buddy up with a few friends and give small donations together.
- Give Your Spare Change: We have probably all heard the advice of keeping a coin jar, but did you know that you can give your “spare change” from of your credit card electronically? Swipegood.com allows you to give spare change by rounding up each credit card transaction. On average people give about $15 month to charity through this program.
Join the Conversation: What are some creative ways that you give back?