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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?


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