How to Give to Charity As a Teen

When you're a teen and you want to help out charity, there are various ways that you can do this. You can help by donating unwanted clothes, old toys, and/or money. You can also help by donating your time and skills, which increase your social skills and knowledge. You will feel a great sense of achievement helping out a charity, and it's a good way of easing into work experience and meeting new friends, too. There are so many charities needing help where ever possible. Remember, doing voluntary work gives you a great deal of respect, reward and self-worth, better than sitting at home all day feeling bored. Online, there are thousands of online charity work projects that you can help with and tons of great opportunities!


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    Find a charity or store in your local area, that you want to help out. Find out whether it does pick-ups or whether you need to visit and drop off items. If you want to donate volunteering time, you'll need to be able to get there easily, so work out which bus routes or see if there is someone who can take you. Make sure the store is for a charity that you support.
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    Always do your research before you donate your time, money, or old things. Be sure that the charity has the values that matter to you. Think about what you are passionate about and what big problems you want to solve.
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    Assemble old clothes that are in good condition but no longer useful to you. For example, they may not fit anymore or you've just stopped liking them. Take them to the charity store or have them collected, such as asking your friends if they have clothes they don't use.
    • Check that nobody else in your family wants the clothes first. Charity can start at home.
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    Donate other unwanted items. For example, your old toys (dolls, stuffed animals, etc.), jewelry, books, etc. can be useful for donating to charity when you no longer need them.
    • Ensure that the items are in good condition, clean and likely to be wanted by someone else. Broken and dirty items are best recycled or disposed of.
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    Donate money. If you have an income or allowance, consider putting aside a little each week to donate to the charity of your choice. For example, Make a Wish, which helps to grant wishes to young children with disease.
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    Donate time. If you are allowed to spend some time volunteering, this can be a good choice. There are laws about what age you can volunteer in many places, and the charity may also have its own restrictions, especially if you're dealing directly with people or animals. Also, you'll need to get your parent's permission. Once that's all clear, consider giving a few hours of your time each week or month to help out at such places as animal welfare centers, charity stores, soup kitchens, backroom sorting, and so forth. Call the charity that is of interest to you and tell them that you're interested in volunteering and see what they have to offer.
    • You could offer to collect funds once a year or every now and then, such as at the mall or on the street on that charity's designated collection day. You will need to follow the charity's rules, be clearly identified as collecting for that charity and ensure that you are somewhere safe.
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    Tell your friends about your great time volunteering. Encourage more people to join you in making the world a better place!
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    Ask your school. Often, High Schools or Middle Schools require volunteer work. They should have something for you to try there such as working a senior center or cleaning up the park. You can do these with your friends too!
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    Sometimes, physically giving can be hard. You can donate to thousands of different online charities as well!


  • Hold a garage sale and sell everything. This is a good way to involve the whole family and help the community.
  • Call and see if your local library takes book donations.
  • Donate to street charity collectors if you appreciate the charity - a few coins or dollar notes is all that you need for these.
  • If you ever see a homeless person on the street make a little gift bag with money, a blanket, nonperishable food, toiletries, bottled water, etc.. This will bring a smile to that person's face. or if you can't make basket say hi and give them a few dollars. And you never know this could make their day. There are a lot of people less fortunate than yourself. A little thinking goes a long way.
  • Giving what you can, and helping wherever you can, can and will make a lot of difference.
  • Go through your old clothes and belongings to see what you want and don't want. The things you don't want you should donate
  • Don't donate things of sentimental value. You'll find yourself missing them later on, but don't hoard either.
  • Remember you don't have to do this. If you're having second thoughts about your safety, money and time issues, or causing trouble to your family, you might want to rethink this.
  • Make sure your parents are okay with driving you. If your friends are helping too, arrange a carpool to save the planet! You can also bike, run or walk to further save the planet.
  • There are many different ways to give to charity. If one way doesn't work, try another.
  • Donating money or time isn't the only way to help. Try donating arts or crafts you can make yourself, such as popsicle stick picture frames, photos, drawings, and art. You don't have to spend money to do this.
  • Even if you don't have any items to donate you can also donate your time by volunteering at a charity near you.
  • If you are buying something in a shop and there is a donation bucket try and put any loose change you have in there, even pennies make a difference!


  • Once you give your stuff away you probably won't be able to get it back. So, be absolutely sure you want to give it away. Remember to ask your parents first. You don't want to be giving away everything you have.
  • Ask before you show up. Some organizations accept only 16 and over, or might not allow you to volunteer without scheduling first.
  • Be safe. If you are donating money, make sure it's a legal charity, otherwise, someone might keep your money. Ask for business number, and make sure these donations/volunteering are okay with your parents/guardians.
  • Research. You could come across a scammer, or a dangerous volunteering area that tries to take advantage of you. Always keep an exit in sight, and keep your phone in your pocket or shoe until you have completely familiarized yourself with the area and are sure of it's safety.
  • Remember that this is your choice. No one is forcing you.
  • Driving around so much will cost a lot of money. Make sure what you're doing is worth the cost. Don't spend money too much otherwise you will be the one needing charity.

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