Most people want to participate in charity. However, wanting something doesn’t always make it happen. When it comes to charitable giving of time and money, a lot of people never get past the desire stage. There is a variety of reasons for this including procrastination and busy schedules, but when it comes down to it, everyone has a little bit of time to contribute to those that are less unfortunate.
Charitable giving, particularly giving where one actually gets to see the effects of their contributions, has the ability to lift the mind and bring peace to the troubled. It is no secret that people that serve more are more happy and mentally healthy. It’s science.
The first step to charitable giving from your own home is having the right home. It is good to have some sort of office or space where you can work alone. If you are looking for a home, just check your local MLS on sites like Fizber for homes with offices and you will find dozens.
Unfortunately most people do have time and money constraints. Luckily, in today’s world there are dozens of ways to serve and give from inside the confines of one’s own home. Here are just a few of those ways.
For those that have not heard of GoFundMe, it is basically an online crowdfunding site that is built specifically for helping those in need. When someone encounters a situation where a real person is in financial trouble, they can go create a GoFundMe page for that person. Spend ten minutes touring GoFundMe pages and you will find stories of single mothers trying to pay massive medical bills, relatives of people recently passed away looking for help just to pay funeral expenses, homeless people trying to get transportation to a new job, and dozens of other sad situations that you can help. If time is something you don’t have, but money is, GoFundMe is a great way to help people.
- Social Media
Most people think of social media as just a way to communicate with friends and loved ones. Others just use it for their source of news. There are other ways it can be used, however. Via social media you have the ability to reach millions of people in an instant. Here is an example of what I mean. Search Twitter for “tough day” or “bad day” or “need help” and you will find thousands of people tweeting about problems they are having or tough days they are going through. You can reach out and offer mental, physical, or even financial support to these people to help them through hard times. You will be able to directly see the benefits to your actions, and will likely make some friends along the way.
If you are looking for ways to help others from inside your own home, and you have an internet connection, then this site is for you. It is filled with people, companies, and organizations that have set up methods for people in your exact situation to be able to contribute. Some things are as small as letting them borrow your computing power, while others involve things like sewing blankets, building kits for natural disasters, and other activities.
One of my favorite simple ones is the charitable eCards. These are basically cards that you can fill out and send to people to help make them aware of certain things such as the dangers of smoking, etc.
These are just three of dozens of ways you can help make the world a better place while sitting in your pajamas in the living room. Whether it is time, money, emotional support, or anything else that you can offer, there is always something.
If you are feeling down or depressed try to get involved in at least one of these ways and notice the change that helping others makes in your life.