Local nonprofit organizations change lives daily. From therapeutic horseback riding centers to after-school reading programs for children, these opportunities thrive on donations. But giving doesn't have to be monetary. Here are three money-free ways to support local programming.
The Gift of Time
Nonprofit organizations and programming rely on volunteers to organize and conduct classes, programming, and events. People with spare time on their hands can donate one or two evenings a week to make these programs a reality from one month to the next. For some programs, just one hour of volunteering per week means the difference between offering the program or not. Never underestimate the power of donating time. Many programs do not require a daily or weekly committment.
Share Special Skills
Volunteers who prefer to stay behind the scenes can donate their specialized skills and talents to keep the organization running smoothly. Nonprofit organizations run on a limited staff and budget and always need extra help. Consider offering to do accounting tasks, write articles for newsletters, clean the classroom area, or plant flowers to make the facility more attractive. These indirect volunteer opportunities are then enjoyed by everyone: staff, volunteers, and clients.
Giving Physical Goods
If time is scarce, consider giving physical items needed by the organization. During back-to-school sales, stock up on crayons, paper, and markers to give to a children's after-school program. Or stock up on toiletries for the restroom facilities. While spring cleaning, consider a donation of gently used clothing, household items, or cooking supplies. Every donation is useful and means that more of the nonprofit organization's monetary budget can be focused toward running the program.