Skip to main content

Giving without Money


You routinely hear people say that they would help others if only they had money. Having overheard this recently I thought I would take the opportunity to share some ideas as to how we can help even when money is tight.
  1. Volunteer time: based on the cause that speaks to you, there are many ways you can give of your time - help at your children’s school, serve at a food bank, join the board of the cause you believe in, spend time with isolated elderly people.
  2. Volunteer skills: we put our skills to work everyday for a pay cheque, so why not do so for a cause or individual who can benefit from them? Are you a talented graphic designer, writer, marketer, salesperson, fundraiser…? There are so many out there who could benefit from your knowledge.
  3. Raise money: support a cause by soliciting donations for doing some remarkable. Keep in mind that people respect the effort and dedication it takes to accomplish the remarkable. Run, hike, walk…whatever is personally challenging for you to attract and earn those donations.
  4. Donate items: Spring is (almost) here. What better time to rid your closet of all that is going unused and give them a new life by passing them on to someone in need. In Canada, Good Will and the Salvation Army routinely take these donations.
  5. Set an example: do not underestimate your ability to inspire others to do good by being generous of spirit. So next time someone wants to use your lane, let them in. Your best friend wants to go on a date with her husband? Offer to babysit her kids. When someone joins the grocery line behind you, let them go ahead. Your neighbour has a garage sale? Donate items. The options to set an example and inspire good in others are endless.
When all is said and done, money or not, your support will not only benefit others and/or your cause of choice but you’ll feel better too! What would you add to this list?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10 simple joys

Recently "Chewbacca Mom" reminded the world that life is about the "simple joys". Think about it - more of  life is about the everyday moments than the sexy milestones. Though I've written a lot here about gratitude, this got me reflecting yet again on the simple joys I am thankful for. This is my list right now, though in no way complete.
1. Snuggling under a cozy duvet 2. That first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning 3. Hugging my partner tightly 4. Smiling to strangers and getting smiles back 5. Taking in a beautiful skyline view 6. Mastering a new skill that was unknown to me 7. Being awakened by the chirping birds outside my window each morning 8. Watching a scary movie and jumping with fright (this is a guilty pleasure, I'll admit) 9. Grocery shopping with my partner (yes I know, weird but true - we are talking simple!) 10. Camping adventures (s'mores included ;))
What are your simple joys?

Be like Water

Life has been busier than usual of recent and it has kept me away from this blog longer than I would like. I mentioned this to my boyfriend the other day. He matter-of-factly reminded me that there is no schedule to which I must adhere. That there are no specific rules to follow, only those I set for myself.
He reminded me that it’s okay to take a break when time or inspiration may be lacking. And that lack of inspiration is not a permanent state.

Less is More

In October 2010 I was in Peru – a trip full of meaningful moments and encounters, many of which could not have been predicted.  For several days we stayed at a local family’s home in the Lake Titicaca area - a remote village with no running water or electricity.  Our hosts went out of their way to ensure our stay was comfortable, that we felt welcome, and were well fed.  We lacked for nothing despite the simplicity of our accommodations.