Giving without spending (too much)

‘Tis the season for giving… it is the time of the year in which we not only show our loved ones how much we love them but also look for ways to share our many blessing with the community. www.savingadvice.com listed a number of ways that we can help our favorite charities which won’t damage our wallets (too much anyway).

* Donate Your Time: Organize an outreach and try to make it a regular affair (and not just for the Christmas season). Hands On Manila recruits, educates, and coordinates a network of volunteers for diverse community projects within the greater Manila area. For more information, to find out the next date and location of an orientation or to check the monthly events calendar, contact: handsonmla@yahoo.com, homla@info.com.ph.

* Donate Your Skills: Less obvious to many is that you may be able to donate a skill that you have to the charity. This is great for people like me who have poor interpersonal skills. If you are an accountant, help keep the books in order. If you have a flair for organizing, organize a garage sale… the options are endless. If you have a skill, ask the charity if they can use it (chances are they’ll give you a resounding aye).

* Donate By Clicking: There are a number of websites that receive money by you simply clicking on a button. When you do, advertisers are displayed and they pay a certain amount for each click. You can find a large list of charities that make money this way at Charity Click Donation

* Place The Charity In Your Signature: Place the website address to the charity in the signature of your emails (this will make it show up at the bot om of every email you send out). If you participate in a number of online forums, place a link to the charity in your signature that will show up each time that you post on those forums. This is a great way for others to learn about the charity, especially if you are active and well liked in the community (hehe… assuming).

* Sell Goods For Charity: If you have old stuff lying around the house, consider selling it on eBay and having the income generated go to the charity of your choice. I’m going to be joining the San Lorenzo Village community garage sale on Nov. 18. Proceeds from the booth rentals will go to Perdisco, an organization geared towards helping the persons with disabilities in my community live normal, productive lives.

With a bit of creativity, there are a lot of ways that you can help your favorite charity without spending a lot of money.

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