Often your non-monetary contributions to help can provide more benefit than just giving some money.
There are many ways to help without writing a check. You can volunteer to help someone learn how to read or how to speak English. You can take on a little brother or sister and give them a positive role model. You can provide extra food from your garden to neighbors in need using Ampleharvest.org. You can volunteer at Hospice. Help build housing for those in need. Volunteer Match can help you find opportunities like these in your area.
Baby a baby with A New Way of Life Reentry Project. Are your babies all grown up? Your lightly used car seats, strollers, baby clothes and toys can help a mom keep babies bouncing this holiday.
Step into a sisterhood with Birthing Project USA. Help a new life enter the world by becoming a “sister friend” to a mother-to-be. Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, a 2010 CNN Hero, started Birthing Project USA to battle high infant-mortality rates. The initiative pairs soon-to-be moms with volunteer “sister friends.” These mentors, who provide one-on-one sisterly guidance and support through the pregnancy and first year of the baby’s life, have welcomed more than 12,000 babies into 94 communities so far.
Sometimes it is far more convenient to give money to support a worthy charity. But if your financial situation makes that difficult there are many other options. And truthfully volunteering your time is often more rewarding to those you help and those who are doing the helping.