How to Help the World without Money

So you want to help charities and those in need around you, yet you don't have any money to do so. Here is a list of ways to make a difference without breaking the bank.

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    Donate blood through American Red Cross to those who are critically ill and in need of blood. You must be at least 110 pounds and 17 years of age. Some states allow 16 year olds to donate with parental signature.
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    Recycle. Some areas have curbside recycling or a local recycling center.
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    Donate used clothes to Goodwill or the Salvation Army
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    Volunteer at your local nonprofit. Check your community to see if there are any volunteers needed (like at an animal shelter, school, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, retirement home)
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    Use a composter, or manually compost food waste like egg shells and banana peels. This keep your garden healthy and lowers the amount of rotting waste in landfills.
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    Don't smoke. It's unhealthy for you and the people around you. Smoking is a leading cause to respiratory problems, including asthma.
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    Become a vegetarian, or eat less meat. Reducing meat intake allows more animals to survive, sustaining biodiversity.
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    Change your lightbulbs to CFLs. CFLs use only 1/4 of the energy a incandescence lightbulbs use.
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    Change your search engine. Sites like GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo, recommended) and SearchKindly (powered by Google) donate to the cause of your choice each time you use their search engine. GoodSearch donates a penny per search , also combining to things like GoodShop, GoodGames, GoodTVAds, allowing you to be able to donate more to your cause.
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    Donate your old shoes to a Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe drop-off location near you. Shoes donated are recycled into playground equipment for kids.
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    Use Freerice.com to improve your knowledge and help feed the hungry at the same time. For every answer you get right, 10 grains of rice is donated to the World Food Programme.
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    Use Care2, the largest action site where people can make a difference for free. Click-to-donate, sign petitions, participate in polls, comment on articles, and use your butterfly rewards to provide a gift to someone in need.
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    Plant a garden. It helps the environment and you can donate excess produce to food pantries through ampleharvest.org
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    Don't waste food. If you're not going to eat it, don't get it. 50% of the world's food is thrown away, increasing hunger and poverty worldwide.
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    Don't overeat constantly. Those who become obese from bad eating habits are less productive to society and also take up federal funding that could have been used toward world hunger.
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    Help charities out by liking them on Facebook, or sharing through Twitter, Google+, and other social media sites.
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    Vote. In order for government to run effectively, citizens must vote for who they think is fit for the job.
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    Participate in a charity walk/run/bike. Though they encourage donations, participating and volunteering for charity events makes a difference by spreading awareness.
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    Volunteer at your local Habitat for Humanities. If you are not good with tools, you can still donate supplies and refreshments.
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    Become a tutor. Help kids who need help after school or through Boys and Girls Club.
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    Become a mentor through Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
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    Click-to-donate online. Each click generates a a donation to the cause. Greatergood.com, the Hungersite.com are some good ones. Clicktodonate.com has a long list of charities to help by clicking.
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    Get the free Touch-to-give app on your smartphone or Ipod, available on the App Store through GreaterGood Network. One click generates a donation to various cause. The Breast Cancer button, for example, provides one free mammogram per click per day.
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    Save water by turning off in between rinses when you are cleaning yourself with soap.
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    Participate in community events or groups. If you are still in school, become a member of a school club that interests you.
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    Take care of yourself. You can't help the world if you are not healthy enough to do so.
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    Volunteer a career-based service. If you're an accountant, volunteer to help nonprofits with their accounting. Nurses can help at a free clinic. Engineers can help build houses through Habitat for Humanity. Cooks can help serve food at the local community kitchen. Teachers provide free tutoring. Increase the publicity of charities through social media or by being a public speaker. The list is endless.
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    Buy locally. Choosing local stores in your area over stores like Walmart keeps your spent money in your area and help them grow financially.
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    Become an organ donor. This is when your organs are donated to those in need after you die instead of just rotting underground in your tomb. Get more info at http://organdonor.gov/index.html.
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    Drive less. Doing so saves gas and reduces the pollution emitted into the atmosphere.
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    Donate your pop tabs to the nearest Ronald McDonald charity house. This is that small thing used to open sodas. Tabs can be exchanged by McDonald houses for money.
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    Teach someone a new skill, like how to play an instrument or use computers.
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    Use a reusable water bottle. Reusing the things you have reduces the the size of landfill waste.
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    Get a job. Those with jobs are more productive members of society.
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    Donate your hair to cancer patients through Locks of Love.
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    Create an audiobook using your own voice and donate it to LibriVox.org.
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    Plant trees. Don't throw away the seeds of fruits you have eaten. Plant them.

Tips

  • Try to help out in causes you care about.
  • - Find volunteer opportunities online with volunteermatch.org
  • Ask friends and family to volunteer with you to make an even bigger difference
  • Find more ways to help out through Dosomething.org
  • Be nice to everyone else helps improve people's moods

Warnings

  • Be careful; some online charity promotions are scams.

Article Info

Categories: Volunteer and Community Service