Support Your Favorite Non Profit Without Spending a Dime
Tis’ the season of giving where many are encouraged to give back. And while your generosity may know no bounds, your budget may. However, there are ways to support your favorite nonprofit without spending a dime. Here are four suggestions from some of our non-profit partners:
Shop. Why not make an impact with the things you’re already planning on purchasing (holiday shopping or not)? Amazon will give 0.5% of your spending to the nonprofit of your choice when you shop at smile.amazon.com – non-profits like Rio Grande Food Project:
“Hunger among our kids, our neighbors, our seniors – that hunger is felt by the whole community. As long as people are not getting their basic dietary needs met, our community cannot fully thrive and we as a community have more work to do. That’s why every little bit helps.” says Ari Herring, Executive Director at Rio Grande Food Project.
Volunteer. Whether you do it once a month or just once a year, volunteering is a great way to help out in your community. You can volunteer on your own or make it a group effort by getting your friends and family members involved. And while you can still find many in-person volunteer opportunities (with COVID-19 safety protocols in place), you are now able to volunteer for some organizations virtually. A good example is Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers like you to become a "Big" by mentoring a child in need. For only 4-6 hours a month you can make a difference in the life of a child in your community. Don't have the time? We are always needing short term volunteers to help us carry out our mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” said Sarah Rogala, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region.
Get Social. Help your favorite nonprofit by getting the word out – and what better way than on social media for your friends and family to see? For example, Casa Esperanza is New Mexico’s House of Hope for families who live in rural areas and need a place to say while they get treatment for serious illnesses in Albuquerque. “Our goal is to keep our rooms full. Reach out to your friends and let them know who Casa Esperanza is.” ”Also, volunteering is a way in which you can give back that doesn’t cost a dime but has a huge impact” said Mary Spring from Casa Esperanza.
Follow your favorite nonprofits on social media and share their posts. If there's an event, share the details.
Clean Out Your Pantry. Another easy, no-cost way to give is to pass along any non-perishables you and your family don’t plan on eating. As you can imagine, the need for the services food banks and food pantries provide has never been greater.
And while you may not have items in your pantry readily available to donate, there are some cost-effective items you can put on your shopping list the next time you hit the grocery store. Check with the organization you plan to support, as they often have a list available of the most-needed items.