I don’t mind donating money to worthwhile charities, but I get so many requests that it just gets annoying. I feel guilty when I say no, yet there is no way I can donate to everything even if I want to.
I’d like to spend some time looking at various charities and really support one or two that I feel passionate about. I don’t mean money only, worthwhile charities that I could actually volunteer to help out. My company matches most donations in money as well as time so it’ll make it even more impactful 5 years ago
Yesterday was a community service day for me. It was really fun working at the Toys-for-tots. This was still the sorting phase. Presents will be given to the parents on Saturday.
The thing that was most interesting to me was the skew in the giving. Toys for 3-6 yr old boys were staggering! The 3-6 yr old girls and toddlers were close behind. However, the 7-9 and 10-13 yr old boys and girls were really very light.
All donations are wonderful and appreciated but here were my learnings from the day:
1) older kids are often forgotten in the donation process
2) stuffed animals are the most often donated item so consider donating something in addition to a stuffed animal
3) educational toys for boys were common – not so much for girls :(
4) be aware of how your donation could potentially get damaged before it gets given away. Donations in flimsy packaging were often falling apart on the sorting table. These don’t end up as Christmas gifts but do get donated to shelters and such.
5) be aware of potential health hazards with your donation – avoid things that could be potentially harmful (especially “grow” toys that expand when placed in water).
These toys will certainly make a difference for many children. It was so nice to see people who may be having some tough economic times themselves being so generous.
Thank you to everyone who donated and the marines who have been running this for 61 years! 6 years ago
I was at a local “art/craft” night and this group was there. I decided that they could use some leases I had for sale at a veterinary office several years ago. I left them with 3 braided leather leashes (3’, 4’ & 6’) 6 years ago
I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year for a certain percentage of my salary, and I’m nearly there. Should be there by the end of the year. :) 6 years ago
We aren’t in the best financial state as of late but we are doing ok. So I figure if I am lucky enough to have food on the table & a roof over my head I am more than able to help others. I donated some clothing to the Samaritan House a few weeks ago. http://www.samaritanhouseva.org/
I recently donated 10 inches of my hair to Locks of Love. http://locksoflove.org
Me and the Hubby are sending $20 to the Union Mission to help feed people on Thanksgiving.
I have always felt compelled to help the Make a Wish foundation and am going to look into it soon.
I can’t say enough good things about http://www.freerice.com & http://www.answer4earth.com
The special olympics is holding its fall championships in VB on Nov. 1-2 and I plan on donating some of my time to cheer the athletes on! If your in the area here is the link to the website with more info: http://www.volunteer2cheer.com/ 6 years ago
I just found out about a really cool website designed for teachers in need of classroom materials. The way the site works is a teacher will post a proposal on the site, and “donors” searching the site can give tax-deductible donations as little as $1 to the proposals of their choice. Proposals can really be anything, from pencils to a classroom computer. The main requirement is that the items requested directly benefit the students.
I have posted two proposals:
Personally, I am so excited a site like this exists for teachers. As it gets closer to September and I am shopping back to school supply sales I am reminded again of how quickly the small things add up and how unattainable some of the big things seem.
So, why am I posting this here for all of you to see? Well, maybe you were, are, know, or will be a teacher and could benefit from this site yourself. Or, maybe maybe you feel like helping out someone with a lot of good ideas, but not a lot of funds. 6 years ago
to my favorite charities this year than i have in the past. I only have a few months left, so about now is the time.
Next year I’d like to continue with my favorite charities, but if I can afford it, give to another good cause. 6 years ago
Last year’s donations to charity worked out to about 2.3% of my after-tax income (in combined value of in-kind and cash donations). So this year I think I’ll set my goal for 3%. Also, I have been looking for a charity where I can volunteer, as I haven’t volunteered anywhere for several years.
So far this year, I have achieved about 1.2%. I wish I had more cash on hand at the moment since I heard the Red Cross’ disaster fund actually ran out of money because of the tornadoes and flooding in the midwest, but I already sent them enough to blow this month’s budget pretty thoroughly. I used to donate to them via automatic monthly donation; I might turn that back on again. Other than that, I will probably hold off on more cash donations (as appropriate) until the end of the year, as my company does gift matching around the holidays, so my charities will get more bang for the buck, then. I will just save up the money to donate, until then. 6 years ago
We are slowly working thorough her estate. Today 7 bags of clothing went to Salvation Army. I am trying to find someone at work in need of her wheelchair/walker… 6 years ago
Through Postsecrets I found a website called Treat for Troops. http://www.treatsfortroops.com/
So far I have sent two packages to soldiers over seas. 6 years ago