Ways To Give Back Right Now

Volunteering gives us a renewed sense of confidence in the kindness of human beings. And a warm feeling that when we unite, we’re capable of many great things.

However, so often we are plagued by our busy schedules, our commitments, and our daily routines, that finding the time to volunteer is lost in the inevitable chaos of life.

But how can we let this happen? How can we push something to the side that is guaranteed to make us feel good about ourselves? This list intends to provide ideas of ways to give back to your community and make a difference, without disrupting your schedule or taking away from any prior engagements.

1. Donate unused airline miles.

You don’t need to leave the house to change someone’s life forever. So many of us go through our lives carrying around unused airline miles, or gift cards, or credits of some kind or another. You can donate these to an organization like Make A Wish, and truly change the life of someone else by making their dream come true. What could be more rewarding than that?

2. Send a card to a service member.

A Million Thanks provides support and appreciation to our active and veteran military men and women through sending letters and granting betterment of life wishes, as well as providing higher education scholarships to their children. Imagine the positive impact you could have on their day or mood from a simple thank you card. Feeling appreciated is a feeling that can go a really long way, so spread the love!

3. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

This one is easy enough, right? By simply turning off the water while you brush instead of letting it run, you are making a difference. You are helping to conserve our valuable water and reducing your carbon footprint. And if you decide that you want to take this a step farther, tell your friends, family, and co workers to do the same!

4. Leave a happy note.

Spread a little kindness by making and leaving little notes for someone else to find.  The notes can be for members of your family, neighbors, or even random strangers. This is a fun one to do with kids because age doesn’t matter! Younger children can participate by drawing on the notes while older children can come up with the sayings. This would be a great way to cheer up someone in your own family who could use a little kindness too.  Think of how fun it would be to walk into the bathroom to brush your teeth and see a bunch of Happy Notes!

5. Invest in a small business.

Organizations like KIVA lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. By just giving a few minutes of your time and the click of your mouse, you have the power to provide resources to a business in need. There are millions of organizations and apps like KIVA that allow you to donate by simply clicking. To learn about more of these organizations, click here.

6. Tweet for a non-profit.

Sending a tweet takes literally a few seconds, but the impact of your tweet could last a lot longer than that. By directing attention to the nonprofit of your choice, by raising awareness, by sending people to their website, you are supporting their mission and enabling room for growth. And all this from just one tweet! So get tweeting!

7. Plant a tree.

Leave the world in better condition than it was when you found it. Planting a tree is not only good for the environment, it will also help beautify your community. By planting a tree, you are setting a good example for other members of your community who could be inspired by your generous act, and continue to plant trees of their own.

8. Smile at a stranger.

You can make someone’s day by sending them a friendly smile. Too often, we go through an entire day without seeing a single smile, and this shouldn’t be the case! Spread the smile

9. Take over dinner to an exhausted, overwhelmed momma.

Write her a note about how you notice how hard she is working and what a fantastic job she is doing raising those angels.