Recently I wrote an article on being charitable with your feet that brought up a number of good points that segue right into this blog that I have been wanting to write.
Charity sees the need, not the cause. – German proverb
So often there is a misconception that in order to help charities you must donate money. You see it all over the place. Donate money to help the children read, donate money to help build homes for the poor, donate money to save the rainforest, donate money to a scam that we just made up to get your money but we really are calling it a charity.
Fact of the matter is, there are plenty of organizations that need your time, not your money. Actually, most every single non-profit organization (NPO) thrives on the time and dedication of its volunteers. Whether you can donate 4 days or 4 hours, most any NPO can find a need, from helping build houses, to helping sort groceries, to stapling marketing materials. There are plenty of jobs, some that will use your talents, others that will just use your time.
What is the use of living if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? – Winston Churchill
Here is just a quick list of places and ways that you can donate your time without a penny out of your pocket:
- Build a house with Habitat for Humanity
- Assist with pet care and events for the SPCA
- Staff an event for a charitable organization
- Volunteer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help cure breast cancer
One of the best places, besides the internet, to find organizations in need of volunteers is your corporate HR department. Most times, larger companies are involved in community driven charities and often use company driven recruitment to assist these organizations with their events.
Is money what all of these non-profit organizations need to function? YES. But the money doesn’t just come in by the truckload, these companies need to operate like a normal, profit-based business and use their events to aid in the fundraising. These companies need selfless volunteers to donate their time and expertise to run a business whose sole goal is to give back to their communities and their causes.
Day 26. Way 26. Selflessness and You. You don’t need to spend money to affect change on a large scale.
I left the list above with some question marks at the end. This is where you come in. Can you help me finish off that list with a recommendation for groups or charities that need volunteer assistance?
Share your recommendations and stories of selflessness below.