There are many worthy charities asking for support. If you are on a limited income but would still like to help people in need, the environment, endangered species or animals that have been mistreated there are numerous ways to do so. Here are five ways to provide support other than handing over money.
1. Volunteer your time. Many charities and not-for-profit organisations need volunteers. You are bound to be able to find one you would like to support that needs your skills. Volunteers are very important to the survival of charities.
2. Set up your email with a site such as Care2 which awards credits every time you log on to the site. Additional points are awarded for consecutive days of logging on. You can cash in your credits to support a variety of good causes including
• Protecting an area of rainforest
• Providing a day of safe drinking water for a child
• Programs to educate farmers on ways to raise farm animals humanely
• Tree planting
• Helping endangered species
3. Save used stamps and send to a charity such as
• Red Cross
• Kidney Health Australia
In this day and age where stamps are not used as much you may need to ask friends and family to give used stamps to you. This way you will accumulate enough to make it worth posting to your chosen charity more quickly. Look on the Internet to find a charity you would like to support that accepts used stamps. You will also find details of the way to send them, what the money raised will be used for and the postal address.
4. Donate second hand goods in good condition to appropriate locations.
• People are generally aware they can donate used clothes, books and household items to thrift shops. Furniture will be picked up by some charities or you may be able to deliver it yourself. Some charities are particular about only accepting furniture which is in very good condition.
• Sometimes charities drop off bags in letter boxes and ask people to leave suitable goods in the bags at the gate on a specific pick up day.
• When a pair of spectacles is no longer required they can be donated. These spectacles are usually sent to Third World countries to help people who need them. Opticians often collect ‘old’ spectacles.
5. Use Flybuys points to support Red Kite. Red Kite provides support for young people to the age of 24 who have cancer. It also supports their families.
Perhaps you don’t have much money to donate to worthwhile causes but there are alternative ways of providing support.
My local Lifeline & V de P are always wanting clean groceries' sized plastic bags, newspapers, & tissue paper.
I save these for them, & do a 'drop-off' frequently, AND usually buy a nic-nac or seven, at the same time!
Thanks for these ideas of everyday items which op shops find useful. We sometimes get bubble wrap from the packaging of things ordered online. I keep a bit to wrap breakable items but deliver most of it to an op shop. They are very appreciative.
It is good thing to help needy persons and there is no need to donate money for it. You can do social work, blood donation, participation in education and cultural program, help to educate poor students and many more ways. So everyone should come ahead and help in development of society.