If you want to help others, there are many ways to get started. You can even get quite creative with your acts of charity. Check out these eight ideas to do charity for your community.
Why help others?
Helping other people makes us feel good. Whether you are donating some of your money, your time, or your possessions to charity, you are spreading goodwill to the others around you. Supporting causes close to your heart is also a meaningful way to express your gratitude. Plus, you can give back to your community and teach your kids how fulfilling it is to do charity.
1. Volunteer with a local organization
It’s not necessary to donate money to do charity. Donating your time can make a positive difference in the life of others, as well as in your own life.
Look for opportunities to volunteer in your community. You could give a few hours of your time each week to work in a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or an animal shelter, for example.
Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people who share your interests and to gain some skills and experience that could be useful throughout your life.
2. Donate to a church
If your faith is important to you, you could donate money to your local church, like the United Church of Canada. Your donation will be used to support and strengthen your community, according to values that are meaningful to you.
Donating to a church is also a fantastic way to instill positive values in your children and grandchildren. They will learn from your example and celebrate their faith in the future.
3. Donate your blood
Donating blood is a way to help people in need without spending a single dollar. This charitable action will only take a few minutes of your time. Plus, your blood will be used to help people who are suffering from a disease or need surgery.
It’s also possible to register as an organ donor, so your organs could potentially save someone’s life after your death. This doesn’t cost you anything but can make a huge difference for someone else.
4. Craft different items for charity
Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew? If so, you could donate some of the items you create to charity. Create blankets, hats, scarves, mittens, and other beautiful things that will be given to children and adults in need. A charitable organization will collect these items or sell them to raise money for a good cause.
5. Give gifts that give back
Whenever you want to give gifts to your loved ones, why not shop for gifts that give back? Different retail stores will provide some money to a charity whenever you purchase with them, either in their store or on their website.
You can also make a donation to a charity in someone’s name. That can be a meaningful gift for someone who already has everything.
6. Donate clothes or toys
We all have items we don’t need or don’t use anymore. Instead of keeping them stacked in our closets or garage, it’s possible to donate them to a good cause. That’s just one of many ways to benefit others.
Homeless shelters are always in need of blankets, coats, gloves, socks, and scarves. Different organizations are collecting toys or clothing for children, for Christmas, or other occasions. Of course, you could also sell the items you don’t need and donate the money to charity.
7. Run or walk for charity
Many events make it possible for you to raise money for charity by running, walking, or biking. They are organized in support of different causes, so if you love moving, you could do so while also helping your favourite charity.
All you will have to do is register for a charity event, raise funds, and train to be ready for the big day. When you choose to support a cause close to your heart, it could even motivate you to start working out. You will get more fit to perform well during your charity run.
8. Support charities on social media
If running for charity doesn’t sound like fun to you, you could raise money for charity while staying in the comfort of your own home. Did you know it was possible to raise funds for a charity on social media?
On Facebook, for example, you can set up a birthday donation page for the charity of your choice. Ask your friends and family to donate instead of buying you gifts. If you feel like you have more than enough stuff, make your birthday an occasion to make a difference in someone else’s life.