When we think of helping others, often times our minds go directly to helping people in a financial sense which can turn some people off to the idea. People work hard for their money which means it’s often difficult to part with. Not everyone has the financial stability or security to regularly donate sums of their money to worthwhile causes, as beneficial as those causes may be, but still want to find other ways that they can give back and help out. If financial donations aren’t feasible for you but you’re still looking to lend a helping hand to those in need, here are a few things that you can give freely that won’t break the bank.
- Give your time.
When it comes to donating your time to worthy ventures, many people take the same approach that they do when talking about donating money; “I don’t have enough time to volunteer,” or “I have other things I need to be doing.” However, donating your time is manageable for nearly everyone; find an hour or two a month when you can do some good for your community. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food bank, or homeless shelter, or look for other community organizations that can benefit from your help. Giving your time doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice all of your free time, but giving just a little can make a world of difference.
- Give advice.
Throughout the duration of your career, you’ve undoubtedly learned tricks and insights that could greatly benefit young professionals in your industry. Look for opportunities to mentor at-risk youth or provide free seminars for aspiring professionals in your area. Passing along your wisdom and inspiration can help to guide others into their dream careers.
- Give supplies.
Often times, what will make the most difference isn’t money but rather supplies. In January 2015, there were approximately 564,708 homeless individuals in America — that’s over half a million people without shelter or basic necessities that they need to survive. If you can’t give money to help them out, try holding drives for supplies. Blankets drives are a wonderful resource for the winter to help keep people warm, food drives can help provide necessary nutrition, period drives can help homeless women handle menstruation, and clothing drives can help people stay warm and clothed. While money can definitely help to acquire these supplies, even donating an old blanket or gently used clothing you’ve grown out of can make a huge difference.
- Give an ear to talk to.
Sometimes, the simplest gifts that we can give mean the most; taking the time to listen to someone and hear about their struggles and making them feel heard is one of the most underrated things you can do for someone. Visit a homeless shelter and talk to the individuals there, or visit a nursing home and spend time listening to their stories. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn and how quickly the time passes.