>> May 31, 2012
You probably have a favourite charity or cause. It might be a local church or a hospital, a cancer research program or a program overseas that’s tailored towards helping impoverished communities or endangered animals in remote continents. If you donate regular earnings to your charity, then that’s fantastic! But what are some other unique ways you can help them out?
Volunteering in Person
Volunteering in person is a great way to help your charity out and creates more of a personal connection between you and your charity. You could volunteer as a one-off or ‘yearly’ effort or more regularly, like once a month.
If your charity is located overseas, see if you can get involved with your local base. It’s a wonderful way to meet like-minded people and develop new contacts who are interested in your cause.
Behind the Scenes
If getting out in the open isn’t your style, how about volunteering for your charity behind the scenes? Could you help them out with printing flyers or maintaining their website? Many charities often look for ‘behind the scenes’ helpers to help run and manage the business, from admin staff to delivery guys, so open your options and look for unique ways to help out behind the scenes.
Got a bit of spare time on your hands? Another unique idea is to spend some time sourcing supplies and goods for your chosen charity. You might find ways to source food hampers for those in need or even things like desk supplies for the local office.
Similarly, selling goods can also help raise a bit of extra cash for your charity. Other than selling your own goods, one idea could be to collect donations from others and sell them at garage sales or over the internet, via platforms like Gumtree or eBay. You might want to consider starting your own charity shop!
Charity Credit Cards
Do you use a credit card often? Many charities these days are starting to brand their own credit cards. Every time you pay for something on the card, the charity gets a small fee. It’s a concept that’s slowly gaining popularity in Australia, but it’s a good one. Just think of the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Visa Card, GE Money’s Eco credit card or Bendigo Bank’s RSPCA credit card. Spend money and support your charity, all at the same time!
Special occasions often call for special efforts when it comes to charities. Use holidays like Christmas and Easter to help spread the word about your chosen charity. You might want to buy charity Christmas cards, for example, for your friends or colleagues or run an Easter Egg Drive at Easter to collect chocolate for those who can’t afford it.
Using the Internet
In this digital age, the Internet is indispensible when it comes to helping your charity. But beyond their main website, what else could you do? How about organising a ‘donate by clicking’ email campaign or posting advertisements on social media sites like Facebook and Flickr. Alternatively, making a YouTube video for your charity is fun and unique way to create awareness and promote your charity.