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There are all kinds of ways of giving back to the community. Donating money directly to a local charity is one way to get involved, but for those wanting a more hands on and insightful experience there are many other methods. Here are just a few.
Volunteer your time
Charity events such as fetes and raffles are always looking for volunteer staff. Whether you’re helping to organize proceedings or simply selling tickets beforehand, your help will be appreciated. There are all kinds of other voluntary positions that you can try your hand at from helping out at your local hospital, helping to run a charity shop or helping to promote a local charity. If you’re a musician or a photographer, local charities will always be interested in your services – it could also be a great opportunity to expose your talent. You can use sites such as http://www.idealist.org/ to find voluntary positions near to you.
Donate an item
Charity shops are always looking for your donated goods. Not only is this is a simple way of giving back, it can also help you keep on top of clutter. There are other places where you can donate items such as charity auctions and charity raffles. Sites such as https://www.charitybuzz.com/ have been specifically set up for this occasion. Even if you don’t have anything to sell, why not bid for something? You’ll be donating money and getting a gift in return.
Join a local group
There are all kinds of local groups dedicated to charity work. Many religious groups exist for this purpose, information of which you can find here: http://www.cenaclesisters.org/Prayer-Enrollment/. Your local place of worship may be able to provide more information on such groups local to your area.
There are also many non-religious groups out there. If you’re a business owner or freelancer, joining your local Rotary Club could be a great way of getting involved. On top of this there are specific groups set up for helping the homeless, the sick, drug rehabilitation, animal sheltering, environmental preservation and disabilities.
Get other people to sponsor you and then donating these proceeds to charity is one of the most popular forms of getting involved. This can be a great way of not only helping a local charity, but also taking on a personal challenge for yourself. Whether you’re completing an endurance challenge or conquering a fear, you can help to spur yourself on by having the added incentive of raising money for charity behind you.
Start your own charity
If there are no charities out there that appeal to your needs, there’s nothing to stop you from starting your own. You’ll need to register your charity and start a separate charity account for donating proceeds. If you own a business, you may be able to set up a micro lending scheme in which some of your profits go directly into a charity account. How you raise money and operate your charity is completely up to you.