logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Freebies Site

BellaOnline's Freebies Editor

g

How to Volunteer without Spending Money

Guest Author - Maria Brown

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
~Maya Angelou

Every year, especially around the holiday season, we try to find ways that our family can give back to others. If you have extra money to donate, that’s great, because money can always be used and it is always in need. However, there are many other ways that you can help others, without spending any money.

Volunteer at your local food bank.

If you do a search in Google on “your city food banks” you will see a list of results that come back. (Replace “your city” with your actual city). When you visit the food bank’s website, there will probably be information right on the front page about volunteering. If the food bank doesn’t have an actual website, you will usually still get an address and phone number. It will only take a few seconds to contact the food bank and ask on ways that you can donate your time.

Once my family volunteered at a local shelter and we helped to serve food. Another time, when a local food bank was overwhelmed with canned donations, my family went to the local food bank and organized the pantry with all of the new additions.

Do an internet search on “Volunteering”.

A great website that I found on the internet was VolunteerMatch.com. VolunteerMatch.com allows you to specify what type of volunteering you want to do, what type of group you would like to help, etc. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with them. Last year, we found a local charity that provided gift cards and canned goods. With the gift cards we were able to purchase a turkey and some food and we were able to use the canned goods as additional food. My family took all of the food that the charity purchased to a specified group home and we cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the kids who lived in the group home. This was the perfect volunteering opportunity because the charity had already collected everything needed for the perfect dinner, the only thing that was missing was someone to volunteer their time.

Check with your local church.

If you belong to/live close to a local church, stop by and ask if the church is helping out any specific families/churches. Often there will be a family that may need coats or winter clothes for the winter. Just taking a second to go through your old clothes in your closet may be the one thing that a needy family benefits from the most.

Often times we hesitate to help because we think that we will have to spend money and we may be struggling on our own. The information provided above is just a few ways we can make a difference in someone’s life without costing you a penny.


This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to Twitter Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to Facebook Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to MySpace Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to Del.icio.us Digg How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to Yahoo My Web Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to Google Bookmarks Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to Stumbleupon Add How+to+Volunteer+without+Spending+Money to Reddit




Find Free Food When You are In Need
Save the Planet and Some Money with Freecycle
Free Ways to Get Coupons
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Freebies Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Maria Brown. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Maria Brown. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
7 Rules of Freebie Etiquette

Five Ways to Get Free Coupons

How To Build Your Library With (Almost) Free Books

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor