With the Christmas period being a wonderful time for many of us, it can also be a very dark time for many others. As we draw closer to the end of 2019, it gives us the perfect opportunity to end the year on a positive note by making Christmas what it should be – a time for sharing. We can do this with a wider community by supporting a charity this Christmas.
We can each contribute to charities in different ways. Depending on the charity you’d like to give to and your own personal situation, there’s usually several options for how you can help. I’ve listed a few options below:
You Have a Decent Income, But Little Time
Of course, all charities need finance to survive. Cash donations are usually received through the charity’s website and there should be a section to explain exactly where the proceeds will go. This will give you piece of mind as to how your money helps that charity.
You Have Little Money, But Some Free Time
Instead of going straight for a cash donation, many charities are very keen for voluntary staff. This is often an ideal solution as it gives the charity that valuable practical labour whilst it gives the volunteer the perfect insight to the organisation’s work. Some charities even take on temporary short term volunteers for limited periods of time.
If a chosen charity is over resourced for the Christmas period, then why not roll this one over into the new year? This could also tick off a new year’s resolution along the way.
You Have Little Money and No Free Time
If neither of the previous two options fit then a large number of charities are very welcoming of supplies such as unused clothes, unwanted food or additional tools etc. This often works perfectly for charities and individuals as many of us have a decent amount of unused items that could be put to good use if handed over to a charity.
I’m sure that many of you will already have a charity that is close to your heart and maybe you already know how you’d like to contribute. However, if you are unsure then the best thing that you can do is put some time into researching a charity that really strikes a chord with you. It’s important that you know where the money / donations will go if you decide to contribute this way. First hand experience of what the charity does is always best but, if this is not possible, make sure that you do your research.
Personally, I will be donating to a charity called ‘Shelter’. Shelter is a non-profit charity organisation that is UK based and helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.
They provide advice, support and legal services for people in troubling situations. Their ultimate campaign aim is that one day, no one will have to turn to them for help anymore.
For every £1 that is donated to Shelter:
- 79p is spent directly on helping people through advice, support and campaigning
- 21p is spent on fundraising
Do-it (search for volunteer opportunities) – https://do-it.org/
NCVO (volunteer information) – https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/i-want-to-volunteer