Now Is The Time To Support Charitable Organizations

Posted by Jesse Willms on October 14, 2010

When I started this philanthropy blog, my first intention was to let people know which charities I support and why. I hoped that by doing so I’d be encouraging other people to throw their support behind these worth organizations as well. But I realize that not everyone may want to support the same charities that I do, and that some people may not know exactly how to start giving. Therefore, I just wanted to make a little motivational post about what you can do to help make the world a better place.

First off, the holidays are just around the corner. The weather is getting colder and things are getting harder for impoverished children. If you don’t have any money to give, why not volunteer in a soup kitchen? All it would cost you is your time, and you’ll be helping fill the bellies of people who would otherwise go hungry.

You could also consider buying one less toy for your son or daughter and giving one toy to a children’s charity. Remember, without us who are fortunate, Christmas and Hanukkah wouldn’t happen for these children at all.

Another idea is to start a budget. Why not take one percent of your paycheck and put the money aside in a cup or jar? Over time this will build up into a substantial amount of money. Then, donate that cash to the charity of your choice. Doing this will have almost no impact on your lifestyle, but could make a real difference to someone in need.

The thing to remember is that it really doesn’t take that much time or effort to find ways to give. You don’t have to donate 20 hours a week to the local YMCA or thousands of dollars to charity. You could simply spend a hour a week helping to teach local at risk children a skill you possess. You could spend two hours a week manning a crisis prevention hotline. You could simply give ten bucks a week to a children’s charity.

Each and every one of these activities isn’t very difficult, but if enough of us get in the spirit, it could really make a difference. Plus, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel about yourself once you start helping out other people.

No man is an island. We are all part of the global community. It’s getting cold outside. Isn’t it the time to start spreading the warmth of giving?

I hope that this blog will serve as an inspiration to everyone who reads it. Poverty only exists because we allow it to. Let’s work together to make it a distant memory.