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Steve Birek

You want to donate to a cause you care about! There's just one problem...

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There are still ways you can help without having to reach for your wallet. You can donate a lot of things aside from money!

Your Time

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Many charities and organizations rely on a team of volunteers to help them out.

By volunteering, you can get involved in activities like:

Special Events

  • Food and clothing drives

  • Fundraising events

  • Canvassing and outreach

  • Community cleanups

Day-to-day Tasks

  • Office tasks and paperwork

  • Greeting and interacting with clients

  • Receiving and sorting donations

  • Making deliveries, pickups, and dropoffs

Your Skills

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If you have special skills that the organization is looking for, why not offer your services?

Many organizations need help with:

  • Event planning

  • Graphic design

  • Social media outreach

  • Building and repairing items

  • Coaching, mentorship, and teaching

  • Preparing meals, kits, and other resources

Your Stuff

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Do you have things you don't need anymore?

You can donate:

  • Clothes that you outgrew or never wear

  • Furniture or kitchenware that you're about to replace

  • Gifts that you never used

  • Books you don't want to keep

  • Board games you don't play anymore

  • Devices you're about to upgrade

  • Cans or packages of food that you can live without

You can also collect used items from people you know and start a charitable drive.

Take Action

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You don't have to be flush with cash to help a cause!

There are other ways you can contribute:

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