Who says giving back has to be in large sums of cash or weeks worth of time?
I know you (like me) don’t always have the funds, the resources or the time to give on a monthly basis. But that doesn’t mean we can’t give back.
Last week, my son and I created a list of ways we can give back now. Easy, simple things that don’t take up a lot of time or money.
Below you will find 17 of our favorites.
- Start a community garden.
- Give someone the gift of your time who you know can’t afford it.
- Run or walk for a cause.
- Add money to an expired meter.
- Foster a pet.
- Give an anonymous donation to a friend or family member in need.
- Pick up trash around your neighborhood.
- Start a recycling program.
- Become an organ donor.
- Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
- Pay for someone behind you at the (toll booth, coffee shop, mini mart, etc.).
- Volunteer at an elder care facility.
- Donate your blood.
- Run a fundraiser for your favorite charity.
- Give extra food to a local food pantry or food bank.
- Buy lunch for a homeless person.
- Gift a friend who is having a bad time of it lately a gift card to their local grocery store.
It doesn’t take much.
Giving back starts with one person having a big heart.
The hope is there will a trickle effect. And even if there isn’t, touching lives one person at a time is better than not touching a life at all.
What other ways can you give back? What can you add to this list? How do you currently give back?