10 of My Favorite Ways to Give Back Without Spending Money

I went to a women’s conference a few months ago and I met a girl named Priyanka when we were doing ice breakers.

I said, “Oh your name is Priyanka? I LOVE Priyanka Chopra. She’s one of my favorite philanthropists.”

She replied, “Oh my gosh yeah. I could never be like her though.”

And I said, “What do you mean?”

She replied, “I could never be a philanthropist like her.”

…confused, I asked her why she assumed that. 

She goes, “I don’t have the money like her! Otherwise I would give back.”

I then told her, “You actually don’t need money to be a philanthropist! If you give me your email, I would be happy to forward you ways to give back to the community for free.”

Plot twist: She never gave me her email. lmao

Butttt- I’m assuming since you’re reading this blog post, you’re actually interested in giving back.

Since there are endless opportunities, I wanted to dedicate this post to my top 10 *favorite* ways you can give back for free.

*Click on the name of the organization to take you to their site*

VolunteerMatch brings together local volunteers with local nonprofit organizations. You can search for a cause that means something to you, and offer your time, expertise, or services- NO money required.

They have a wide range of categories to choose from: advocacy & human rights, animals, arts & culture, children & youth, community, education & literacy, health & medicine, seniors, and 25 more options!

AmazonSmile is website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price (of eligible products) to the charitable organization of your choice.

FreeRice asks you vocabulary, grammar, math, science, foreign language, history, geography, and SAT test prep-like questions. For each answer you get right, they send the cash equivalent of 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme, who’s mission is to save lives in emergencies and change lives for millions through sustainable development.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Find an affiliate location near you, and drop off your unneeded office wear. You can also volunteer your time with them by being a:

  • Boutique volunteer: Work directly with a woman in need of support and encouragement. Help her find a suit and the confidence that makes her shine and increases her chances of getting a job.
  • Makeup artist: Educate women on make-up application appropriate for the workplace.
  • Inventory maintenance: Sort through donations, stock and organize our boutiques and ensure that our women have the best professional attire to choose from.

Give back from the comfort of your own home. Catchafire matches professionals who want to donate their time and talent with nonprofits who need those skills. (Currently, I do graphic design and marketing for a non-profit)

Volunteers register to offer their services and then the Elder Helpers program strives to safely and conveniently connect these dedicated, passionate volunteers with elders in their local communities.

ProjectSunshine partners with medical facilities across the United States and in four international locations to promote creative expression, socialization, and learning for kids or teens during emotionally and physically challenging times at the hospital.

Soles4Souls will distribute your gently worn shoes to people in impoverished countries around the world to create sustainable jobs and provides relief to those impacted by natural disasters. You can find a local drop off location through their site!

GirlsOnTheRun is an organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams through curriculum that creatively integrates running. The organization is made up of over 200 local councils, check to see if your city has one!

Idealist is all about connecting idealists (people who want to do good) with opportunities for action and collaboration all over the world. They have over 120,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, and Spanish (idealistas.org) sites.

They also have a great filter system/search engine to find the perfect fit for those who want to volunteer!

That wraps up my list of my favorite ways to give back to the community for free. Now that money isn’t a factor to give back- whatcha waiting for?

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

-Winston Churchill

If you enjoyed this post, you’d love my [10 Easy Ways to Do Your Part to Save the Planet] post!

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    October 30, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I hope I could get into one of the volunteer opportunities.

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