While there’s a greater number of people actively getting involved in their communities, there are others who would like to find the time to do more. If you fall into this latter category, you shouldn’t feel obligated to rearrange your schedule to do something good for others. Here are just a few of the many ways you can give back when your time is limited.
Remote work is becoming increasingly more popular, and the opportunities for remote volunteering are increasing as well. There are plenty of nonprofit organizations that now offer remote volunteering opportunities, so you should be able to find something that interests you. Many positions allow you to work just a few hours each day, making it easier for those with hectic schedules to do some good for others.
Do a Good Deed
Some prefer to avoid committing to an organization on a long-term or ongoing basis. Fortunately, you don’t have to work with an organization to do some good. If you have a spare hour, volunteer to mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn. Another option is to drop off some canned goods at a nearby food bank. Doing small good deeds such as these can help you give back to your community on your terms.
Talk to Your Employer
You can make more time for volunteering by talking to your employer about sponsoring volunteer opportunities. For example, one trend that’s growing is for employers to offer an additional day of PTO to stipulate that the day must be spent volunteering with a nonprofit organization. There are other types of charitable programs that your employer might find enticing, or they might be interested in creating a charitable program within the company. However, you’ll never know how your employer feels about giving back to the community unless you talk to them about it.
Finally, you can do plenty of good without having to get personally involved if you don’t have time to spare. Almost every charitable organization needs donations, so a gift of money will go a long way. Giving a gift of money is quick, easy, and tax-deductible, offering an effective way for those with little time on their hands a way to help others in their community or on a global scale.