4 Simple Ways You Can Support Charities Without Using Cash!

One thing that I love about November is that it highlights the spirit of gratitude and giving back. However, for most of us, the holidays are a strain on everyone’s budget. There’s no need to feel bad if you are unable to write a big check. Instead of emptying your wallet, here’s four ideas on how you can show your support.
1.  Connect your Amazon account to a charitable cause.  
I’d venture to say the grand majority of us who shop online, do so via Amazon. But did you know that Amazon has a program called AmazonSmile which automatically donates a small portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization? Today there are almost a million charities that participate in this program. Full details can be found here.
For me, I decided to connect my account to Camp del Corazon – an organization that provides a medically supervised, residential summer camp for children ages 7-17 who are living with heart disease, as well as additional programs for these children and their families. Located on Catalina Island, 22 miles off the California coastline, our camp has served approximately 300 children each year since 1995.
Making this selection was personal. My nephew had a heart condition and going to summer camp was something he could not do easily. However, this camp is staffed by heart surgeons and nurses. As such, kids with heart disease could have the experience in a place where care was nearby in the event of an emergency.
2.  Shop with socially conscious companies that focus on fair trade or who donate a portion of proceeds to good causes.
With the holidays around the corner and gift-giving season, I am always looking to support social good companies that make a positive impact in our society. A short list is as follows:
Accompany: Global curation of the world’s finest fair trade products.
Article 22: Artisan jewelry upcycled from bomb scraps left behind in Laos, which was one of the most heavily bombed countries in the world. A portion of the money helps professionals clear unexploded bombs.
Mitscoots: Made in America socks! This company employs the homeless. And for every pair purchased, they donate another pair to someone in need.
Love Your Melon: Made in America beanies, caps and apparel. This program was started by two students out of a class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and on a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer. As of April of this year, up to 50% of net proceeds are donated to their non-profit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Toms: Shoes, eyewear, coffee, bags. For every pair of shoes purchased, a pair is donated to a person in need. For eyewear purchases, they help restore sight to an individual through sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses or medical treatment. When you purchase coffee, they purchase water support systems in seven countries.
Cuddle and Kind: Ethically-produced hand-knit dolls that help feed children. 1 doll purchased equals 10 meals.
Ten Thousand Villages: Online fair trade store that has been in business for 70 years. Unique artisan crafted products from around the world. Your purchases help employ those that could not access the global marketplace on their own.
3.  Donate unused airline miles
A favorite way of mine to donate is to give your unused airline miles to charities. For me, I have selected the Make A Wish Foundation.  Every mile donated helps wish kids and their families travel to destinations around the world. You can learn more about their program by visiting this LINK.
4.  Donate your time
Volunteering is a great way for you to support a charity. And for a lot of charities, they need people more than they need money. A simple way to approach this is to think of causes that matter to you, find out if they have a local chapter, and call them to volunteer.
In my case ,I’m a huge dog lover so I contacted a local dog rescue group to be part of the team that helps pick up dogs from shelters, transport them to vets when needed or meet with those that have applied to rescue a dog.
So there you have it.  As you can see there are different and easy ways to support  your favorite causes without touching your bank account.

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