How to help the world without money

How to help the world without money

You don’t always need to pull out your wallet when helping others. Try some of these many ways to be a generous giver without spending a dime.

You’re a generous person. You like to help people. But money is tight!

Even if you are in between jobs, flat broke or on a fixed income, you can still be a generous giver. Here are a dozen ways of helping others without spending money:

1. Give blood

If you’re healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can donate blood. One unit of blood (slightly less than a pint) saves three lives! You can donate once every two months (56 days). That’s six times a year. Contact your local blood center for details.

2. Save materials

Throwaway items can sometimes help others. For instance, a local charitable thrift store doesn’t buy plastic sacks for bagging merchandise; instead, it reuses bags from other stores. Its supporters bring in plastic bags along with other donations.

We save cans for a teacher who recycles metal to purchase classroom supplies, trimmed/fallen tree limbs for a friend’s fireplace, and egg cartons for a farmer. Such help doesn’t cost a penny!

3. Volunteer

If you can’t spare a dime, could you spare some time? Perhaps you can tutor a child, teach Sunday school, coach sports, or pick up litter. Unemployed folks must devote weekday work hours to job searching, but could volunteer in evenings or weekends. This is a great way to network and possibly find a job! Retirees have lots of time and experience and are valuable resources for schools, churches, civic organizations, and charities.

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4. Perform chores

Know an elderly person or someone in poor health? Could you do yard work, clean gutters, shovel snow, or buy groceries for them? If they can’t drive, could you give them a ride?

5. Babysit

Some stay-at-home mothers never get a moment’s peace. They are at their “job” 24/7. Could you give them a “Mom’s Day Out” by watching their little ones? You’ll have fun with the kiddies and mom can relax.

6. Elder sit

Don’t overlook helping a family with an elderly relative. When my father was terminally ill, I became his in-home caregiver. It was grueling! Dad’s friends Bob and Earl came over and told me to go rest. Dad greatly enjoyed the visit, and I got some desperately-needed sleep. (See Self Care Tips for Family Caregivers.)

How to help the world without money

7. Donate discards

Cleaning out your closet, attic, or garage? Too many books or clothes? Instead of throwing perfectly good items away, donate them to a charity or give them to someone who could use them! In the former case, you could get a tax receipt for a charitable donation; it will come in handy next April 15.

8. Provide your expertise

Your knowledge may help others. Consider serving on a board of advisers for a church or charity. Retired business people volunteering for the Service Corps of Retired Executives can advise new entrepreneurs how to navigate the marketplace. Mentoring can be informal, such as a retired educator guiding a brand-new teacher or experienced parents helping first-timers care for their newborn.

9. Give garden extras

Gardens sometimes produce bumper crops of squash, tomatoes, carrots, or other veggies. Fruit trees may shower you with way too many peaches, pears, or apples. In addition to folks you know, sharing this bounty is a godsend to food banks, domestic violence shelters, Meals on Wheels, and other charities. Their clients may seldom enjoy fresh fruits or veggies.

10. Offer computer help

Even in the 21st century, some people do not own computers. If an elderly or computer-less friend or neighbor needs some information, could you find it online for them? Could you contact a distant loved one via email and relay a message for them? Teach them computer basics, such as using the internet, so they can use the public library computers for job searches and emails.

11. Haul things

There are items I need that I can’t squeeze into my compact car. If you own a pickup truck, flatbed trailer, van or SUV, hauling large items like furniture helps those who lack bigger vehicles.

12. Pray

We all know people with problems. Do we pray for them? We should! A medical journal once reported about a scientific study on prayer. It concluded that prayer works. It’s a way of helping that doesn’t cost you a dime.

How to help the world without money

Do you want to know some easy ways to help the world’s poor? Well, here are 10 simple ways to help the world’s poor, which can often be done without even having to leave your home!

1. Donate

One of the quickest and most obvious ways to help the world’s poor is to donate to charity. Click here to donate to The Borgen Project.

2. Call Congress

This way to help the world’s poor is surprisingly simple. Every person in the United States has 3 representatives in Congress (2 Senators and 1 Representative in the House). By calling these 3 peoples’ offices each week, individuals can show the Congressmen the issues that they care about. Calling your Congressmen is a simple process. Generally, an intern will answer the phone, or you can leave a message after hours.

The message you need to say is simple: “My name is ___, I live in ___, and I want to raise the funding for helping the world’s poor,” or something similar. As few as 7 people calling in can make a Congressman change his mind on a bill: Congressmen want those they are serving in the U.S. to be happy so if you let them know what you want, they are more likely to listen. Go here for more detailed instructions.

3. Inform Yourself

This is one of the simplest ways to help the world’s poor, and also it helps you to do the other things more effectively. Basically, all you need to do is stay informed on the issues. Pay attention to what is happening in Congress and read up on current poverty-related events. It may surprise you to find out that poverty has made some great strides in the past few years. Indeed, in the past 20 years, the world’s undernourished has decreased by 50%. Life expectancy has also increased by 1/3.

(Browse The Borgen Project to find out more interesting facts about poverty).

4. Build Buzz/Raise Awareness

Now that you’ve done your research, you can use your new information as tools to build buzz or to raise the awareness of those around you. If you care about the world’s poor, you can be sure that other people do too, but may just be unaware of how they can help. You can share info on different poverty-fighting organizations with your colleagues, family, and friends (see 1. Donate for ideas). You can also call into radio shows, write to editors, speak locally about the cause, send ideas to the media, or anything else that may bring the idea of helping the world’s poor to the forefront of people’s vision and thoughts.

5. Social Media

Recently, social media has become one of the most fantastical ways a person can help the world’s poor (among other ventures). This is perhaps the easiest way to help, as well. Many Congressional leaders (your members of Congress) have Facebook pages, Twitters, or websites. All you need to do is either post on their pages to bring up the idea of helping the world’s poor, or post on your own about the various issues. Also, you can easily follow many different organizations, including The Borgen Project, and retweet them or post about them on Facebook or other websites. Overall, your voice will be heard. (The Social Media of Congress can be found here and here). (Also, follow us on Twitter!)

6. Get Political

Although you can call Congress or post on their Facebook pages, there are other ways to help the world’s poor and to “get political.” If you are willing, you can always arrange a meeting with Congressional staffers to tell them what issues (like reducing global poverty) you are interested in. You can also mobilize those around you; just one person calling into Congress will make a difference, but if multiple people in an area call Congress about the same issue and around the same time, there will be a bigger effect. Finally, you can “bird dog” Congress, which means to go to where a legislator is speaking, and ask them publicly about poverty (For example, “What are you doing to help poverty?” or “Will you support helping reduce global poverty?”, etc).

7. Fundraising

Another one of the ways to help the world’s poor is fundraising. Contact people about various organizations to donate to, or use sites like Crowd Rise to start a campaign. You can also run marathons or accomplish other feats as a way to raise money, as long as you ask people to be your sponsor. You can also ask for donations to different charities rather than receiving gifts for your birthdays, weddings, or other events.

8. Be a Consumer with a Cause

One of the surprising ways to help the world’s poor is simply by being a consumer, or something who buys things. This can be done by buying products from websites that donate a portion of their proceeds to charity, or from nonprofit organizations that sell shirts or other merchandise to help the cause. The Borgen Project even has a Visa Card that has no annual fee, and some unique card designs. Basically, when possible, buy from places that will help the cause.

9. Arrange Events

One of the harder ways to help the world’s poor is arranging events. Of course, this does not need to be too difficult: you could host parties (or movie/TV show marathons with your friends!) and have a $5 (suggested donation) to get in. This can be done by living your life as normal, but adding in charity donation so that everyone can get involved. On the other hand, you can also host poverty-based events or parties with the pure purpose of raising awareness on poverty and discussing its issues. Finally, you can have a “non-event” event, where instead of going out that night, everyone donates a certain amount and stays in.

10. Volunteer

Finally, one of the most difficult (but, arguably, most rewarding) ways to help the world’s poor is through volunteering. This can encompass many different things: volunteer for a political campaign, volunteer for a nonprofit organization, volunteer for a movement to fight poverty or grab an internship. Personally, I am an intern writing for The Borgen Project; I do not get paid, but it helps get the message out to the world. Overall, you can find volunteer opportunities online (for example, through Idealist), but there are also local opportunities that may be available if you ask around.

1 Wrap gifts in fabric and tie with ribbon; both are reusable and prettier than paper and sticky-tape.

2 Start a compost heap to reduce the waste you send to landfill sites.

3 Buy your own hive: without bees the planet would last for only 60 years (and honey is good for your health).

4 Use a nappy washing service: they use 32% less energy and 41% less water than home washing.

5 Slow down. Driving at 50mph uses 25% less fuel than 70mph.

6 Wash your clothes with your flatmates’ instead of wasting water on half-empty loads.

7 Turn down your central heating and put on a jumper.

8 Take a brisk shower, not a leisurely bath, to save water.

9 Hold a Tupperware party. Airtight food containers can be reused; sandwich bags and plastic wrap cannot.

10 Choose energy-efficient appliances when you replace old ones.

11 Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last eight times as long and use a fraction of the energy.

12 Join a library instead of buying books.

13 Get to know your neighbours; they are more likely to keep your home safe than energy-guzzling security lamps.

14 Recycle your car oil at a recycling depot or petrol station; it contains lead, nickel and cadmium.

15 Get on your bike instead of driving.

16 Let them carry you off in a biodegradable cardboard coffin, saving trees.

17 Use low-phosphate washing-up liquid and washing powder. Phosphates stimulate algal growth when discharged into the water supply, lowering oxygen levels and killing plants and fish.

18 Buy local, or better still, grow your own food, so energy is not wasted on transportation.

19 Raise your glass to organic beer; conventionally grown hops are sprayed up to a dozen times a year.

20 Use recycling facilities. If there aren’t any, ask your council for them.

21 Ditch the air-conditioner and buy an aspidistra; plants help cut pollution.

22 Take the plunge and move in with your partner so you light and heat one home rather than two.

23 Give a colleague a lift to work; if no one is going your way, join a carshare scheme to find a passenger.

24 Cook for friends. Large quantities of food use less packaging than the same quantity in individual portions (and take less energy to cook).

25 Copy ministers by holidaying in Britain (but unlike them, skip the follow-up trip to Tuscany).

26 Give your garden a good breakfast; coffee grounds and eggshells are ideal for composting.

27 Refuse plastic carrier bags, or at least reuse them. Cloth bags are better.

28 Donate your leftover paint to a community project; Britons fail to use 6.2m litres of the paint they buy each year.

29 Drink tap or filtered water, not bottled.

30 Invest in a washing line; tumble dryers devour electricity.

31 Buy chocolates from proper chocolate stores, so they are not individually wrapped.

32 Turn off TVs and stereos instead of switching them to standby.

33 Lighten up: paint your walls a pale colour, so you need less artificial light.

34 Only flush toilets if really needed; follow the Australian maxim: “If it’s yellow that’s mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.”

35 Improve the ambience and dine by candlelight, saving electricity.

36 Insulate your home. Cavity wall insulation can cut heat loss through the wall by up to 60%.

37 Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies; boycott those without.

38 Soak up the sun; even in Britain, solar panels can produce a surprising amount of energy.

39 Clean the back of your fridge. Dusty coils can increase energy consumption by 30%.

40 Avoid air travel; it produces three times more carbon dioxide per passenger than rail.

41 Pretend Christmas has come early; turkey is more likely than chicken to be produced in the UK, while British-grown brussel sprouts require less transport than Kenyan mangetout.

42 Grow plants to give to friends instead of cut flowers.

43 Choose a car with a 3-way catalytic converter, to reduce nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons emissions by 90%.

44 Ban blinds. Heavy curtains keep in more heat in winter.

45 Change materials as well as rooms; MDF and chipboard release formaldehyde, a carcinogen. Buy sustainably produced wood instead.

46 Cut up the plastic rings from packs of beer; they are invisible in water so wildlife can choke on them or trap themselves.

47 Bring a mug to the office instead of using polystyrene cups.

48 Snap up a 36-exposure film instead of 24, reducing waste from packaging and processing.

49 Cancel that expensive gym membership and walk to work instead.

P eople are still giving money to charity – a survey by Foresters shows 90% donated cash in 2011 – but times are tough, and increasing numbers of people are preferring to find other ways to help others.

Foresters found that 57% of those questioned like to donate old items to their local charity shop, while 43% prefer to volunteer their time. But if you have already ransacked your home for goods to donate, you may find inspiration in this list of ways you can support other people.

1. Give blood

Most people between the age of 17 and 65 can give blood, with men able to donate every three months and women every four. The most time-consuming part is finding your local donor centre and setting up an appointment; actually pumping out a pint of the red stuff can take as little as 10 minutes.

If you are prepared to commit more time and have good veins you could donate your platelets, which are required by patients having chemotherapy or organ transplants, and by those who suffer blood disorders or life-threatening bleeds during an operation. Your blood is filtered through a cell separator machine to remove the platelets and then returned to your body. This takes about 90 minutes and you can donate up to 15 times a year.

2. Sign up to the British Bone Marrow Registry

To join the British Bone Marrow register you need to be between 18 and 49 years old and already be a blood donor. Ask to have your blood checked for tissue type the next time you go to give blood – patients and donors are matched by comparing white blood cells for tissue type. Donations may be given to sufferers of leukaemia, aplastic anaemia and other diseases of the immune system.

If you are a match there are two ways to donate. The easiest involves having an injection for four consecutive days to boost the number of stem cells in your blood, which are then filtered out by a cell separator machine. The second way, donating bone marrow itself from your hips, is done using a needle and syringe while you are under general anaesthetic. This involves staying in hospital for two days and a recovery period of five days at home.

Alternatively, you can contact charity Anthony Nolan and register by providing a sample in the free spit kit it sends you. It is particularly keen on recruiting young men aged 18-30, as they are most likely to be chosen as donors yet account for just 12% of the register.

3. Register as an organ donor

No one needs their organs when they’re dead, yet only 29% of us have joined the register. Carry an organ donor card in your wallet and make sure your nearest and dearest know about your intentions, and which bits you are happy to give up.

4. Raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Each puppy lives with a volunteer from six weeks of age until it is 12- to 14-months-old. The aim is to produce a well-behaved, friendly and responsive dog ready for training. The volunteer teaches him basic obedience – sit, stay, come, and walking on a lead – and gets the puppy accustomed to different environments such as town centres, country lanes and public transport. Basic equipment, vets bills and food costs are covered by the charity, with the hardest part undoubtedly handing back the puppy for specialist training.

5. Vote

Several mutual organisations donate money to charity if you, as a member, take part in their annual general meeting. NFU Mutual, for example, is donating 50p to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK for each proxy form completed online, and 25p for each proxy form returned by post, up to a maximum of £30,000. In 2011, members’ votes resulted in a donation of £26,000, at no cost to themselves. So if you belong to a building society, friendly society or mutual insurer don’t just bin the AGM pack.

6. Record books for the blind and visually impaired

This is one for professional actors, broadcasters and others who have been trained in voice work. The audio book charity Calibre uses more than 80 volunteer readers to record books that are not available commercially. The recording is done in your own home, but Calibre will provide all the necessary equipment and training.

7. Help an older person with their gardening

Mowing the lawn, weeding and pruning can be impossible for someone who has balance or mobility problems, so don your wellies and help them out. At the same time as tidying their garden you will be providing company for the person you are helping. Contact your local Age UK (0800 169 6565) partner to discuss the options.

8. Learn to lip read or to communicate in British Sign Language

The charity Action on Hearing Loss has a range of leaflets and factsheets to download for free. These give the rudiments: Sign Here (Pdf), for example, explains how to sign a few useful words and the finger alphabet.

The charity has drop-in centres and holds events for the 10 million people in the UK who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and a spokesman says it is an advantage for volunteers to lip read or sign. It could also help you assess whether you have an aptitude and want to go for further paid-for training through the charity.

9. Donate your not-so-old PC or Mac

Computers for Charities has recycled more than 250,000 computer systems and distributed them to 105 countries, but legislation requires that to qualify for recycling the equipment must be less than five years old and in full working order. The charity protects donors from potential data fraud by removing the hard drives. In terms of PCs it is looking for Pentium IV or equivalent servers, desktops, towers and laptops, while the Mac minimum is MacG5, Imac or Powerbook. For further information email [email protected] or call 01323 840641.

10. Eat curry and save tigers

OK, this involves spending money, but if you are going out for a curry you might as well be helping one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful species. During Save the Bengal Tiger week (14-17 May) more than 500 Indian restaurants around the country will serve a three-course meal for £20, of which 25% will go towards protecting the estimated 500 tigers believed to still survive in the Sundabans, a wild area of mangroves on the border of India and Bangladesh.

‘Will the kid use money to indulge in drugs?’ Has this thought stopped you from giving money to an underpriviliged kid? Here are five impactful ways to make a difference in their lives. #BeKind #SaveTheChildren

W ill the kid use money to indulge in drugs? Or will he/she get to utilise the money?

Such thoughts have always stopped me and, most probably many of you, from giving money to a child beggar. Across India, children usually beg for money for their masters or parents who then spend it on alcohol, illegal substances, but never on the kids who got the money in the first place.

Many times, in the course of a day, I wish we do try to do something for the kids who have nothing.

Pondering over ways to lend a helping hand to those forgotten children who rarely get help but deserve it the most, I came across the many ways in which people are doing the needful without involving money.

Read on to find out how you and I can touch the lives of the street children:

1) Spread Your Knowledge To Educate Them

You do not need a physical classroom to teach children. All you need is a will and a touch of kindness. Do not believe me?

Meet 22-year-old Haimanti Sen from Mumbai who is using the Kandivali Station skywalk to teach underprivileged children from a nearby basti (slums) for free.

Likewise, Sushil Kumar Meena, a railway engineer from Uttar Pradesh, is the reason behind 3,000 underprivileged children getting free education across UP, Bihar and Rajasthan. From a make-shift tin-sheet structure, an open field nearing harvest, a pavement to a century-old banyan tree, Sushil and his NGO, Nirbhed Foundation have been using public places to impart education since 2013.

Just like Haimanti and Sushil, you can also make an effort to teach street kids. Start by teaching the kids of your domestic help, driver or go to a nearby slum.

2) Your Leftover Food Can Be Someone’s Meal

Source: Facebook

Wasting food is a habit that we must avoid at all cost, and yet tonnes of food is wasted daily. Next time, pack the food in a box and give it to the children living on the streets. If you happen to be part of a social gathering like weddings or parties, you can simply reach out to the local NGOs/organisations who can pick up the food and deliver it to the poor kids.

You can contact the following organisations for the same:

‘Feeding India’ is operating in 16 cities across the country. Ring them at their 24/7 helpline number: 098711 78810

The Robin Hood Army operates in Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Jaipur, and Jabalpur. It also has a network in Pakistan. For more details, visit the website.

Mumbai Dabbawalas’ ‘Roti Bank’ initiative picks up excess food from homes. Contact them on 91-9867-221-310 or +91-8652-760-542.

Santhimandiram is an institution which provides asylum for the abandoned. The institution collects food from wedding halls, hotels, and well-wishers. For more details, contact the organisation on 919895527372, +919895525097.

3) Joy of Toy

Do you remember what happened to that toy car or the Barbie doll you once had? Several toys that always seemed less in number when we were kids, eventually grew into clutter. Instead of discarding them, you can pass them down to the street kids who may never get a chance to play with toys.

Get together with your friends, co-workers, relatives and collect all the toys that are of no use to you and distribute it among the street kids.

Need some motivation? Meet Hirin Dave, an Ahmedabad-based web developer, who collects old toys and distributes them among underprivileged children through her initiative Give Toy Give Joy. So far, Hirin has collected more than 2,000 toys from around 300 families across the city.

4) Use the Power of Social Media Wisely

Social media has become a powerful tool that can bring a change in society.

Using this tool, Avijit Bajpai from Delhi formed a Facebook group—Happy Birthday Bharat, to celebrate birthdays of street children. The group has 2,200 active members, and they have arranged birthday parties for over 200 children in 10 different cities, including Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune.

In another heartwarming gesture, Vimal Cherangattu crowdsourced 700 umbrellas and Rs 40,000 within ten days during the 2018 monsoon. He had created a WhatsApp group with his friends and posted a PowerPoint presentation where he added a story asking people to contribute umbrellas to protect the kids from heavy rains.

Like Avijit and Vimal, you can also initiate a cause, a donation drive or throw a birthday party!

5) Make A Seasonal Kit

At the onset of rains, umbrellas are on sale, in winter, it’s warm clothes, and during summers, it’s caps. While the sales may be your Secret Santa to the cheap and latest fashion, you can also be someone else’s Secret Santa.

Make a kit of all season-specific items, and distribute it among the street kids. For example, in summers, you can make a hamper consisting of glucose biscuits, energy drinks, and water bottles to keep children from getting dehydrated. Likewise, make a kit for the winters.

Sandy Goldstein 650-968-2751 – [email protected]


Sandy Goldstein

How to help the world without money

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein is continuing her mission to get scarves around the necks of local homeless through her long-established One Warm Scarf campaign.

Goldstein has worked for nearly seven years as an intermediary for yarn donors and local knitters and crocheters. Goldstein works to round up unused yarn and deliver it to local senior centers for use by knitting groups.

Sandy was a Bay Area entrepreneur for over 30 years in the high tech computer industry.

“We can always use more yarn, knitters, and crocheters,” Goldstein said.

Completed scarves, hats, and booties are then delivered by Goldstein and fellow volunteers to the homeless taking refuge at shelters around the county. To date, thousands of scarves, hats, gloves and booties have been made their way to the homeless at these shelters during the winter months.

Residents can help by dropping off and donating unused yarn at local senior centers, or even knitting or crocheting warm scarves themselves. Delivery locations include the Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and Los Altos senior centers. Yarn can also be delivered to Goldstein directly.

Contributors to the cause over the years have included Cupertino Senior Center Knitting Club, Sunnyvale Senior Center Knitting Club, Los Altos Knitting Club, Mountain View Senior Center Knitting Club, Los Altos Knitting Kittens, and individual residents.

The effort continues year round and donations are accepted regardless of the month, season, or weather outdoors.

For more information on how to deliver yarn or assist, contact Sandy Goldstein at [email protected]

‘One Warm Scarf’ looking for more yarn

A simple donation of unused yarn could help warm someone in the Santa Clara Valley this cold winter season.

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein is continuing her mission to get scarves around the necks of local homeless through her long-established One Warm Scarf campaign.

Goldstein has worked for nearly five years as an intermediary for yarn donors and local knitters and crocheters. Goldstein works to round up unused yarn and deliver it to local senior centers for use by knitting groups.

“We can always use more yarn, knitters, and crocheters,” Goldstein said.

Completed scarves, hats, and booties are then delivered by Goldstein and fellow volunteers to the homeless taking refuge at shelters around the county. To date, thousands of scarves, hats, gloves and booties have been made their way to the homeless at these shelters during the winter months.

Residents can help by dropping off and donating unused yarn at local senior centers, or even knitting or crocheting warm scarves themselves. Delivery locations include the Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and Los Altos senior centers. Yarn can also be delivered to Goldstein directly.

Contributors to the cause over the years have included Cupertino Senior Center Knitting Club, Sunnyvale Senior Center Knitting Club, Los Altos Knitting Club, Mountain View Senior Center Knitting Club, Los Altos Knitting Kittens, and individual residents.

The effort continues year round and donations are accepted regardless of the month, season, or weather outdoors.

For more information on how to deliver yarn or assist, contact Sandy Goldstein

Concept to Completion

Last week Sandy Goldstein spoke to us on her humanitarian work; her presentation was titled, quite modestly, “Conception to Completion.” Sandy’s original title, “One Person CAN Make a difference,” was suggestive of her remarkable capacity to “recognize a need, figure out a solution, and make it happen.” As per usual, Sandy’s slides are available on the Forum’s website.

If Sandy has a soundbite, it is “conceived by one, completed by many.” Sandy has conceived of projects to help Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, refugee children in Asia and South America, homeless people on the Peninsula and in San Francisco, migrant workers in Pescadero, Hurricane victims in Haiti, Syrian refugees, and American Indians in Arizona. Her modus operandi involves the following:

Sandy conceives of a need based on her exposure to the news;

She translates the need into a project in which many individuals can each contribute in a relatively small way;

She looks for types of objects that are no longer needed by their owners (e.g., stuffed toys, books sitting unread on bookshelves), or for source materials that can be donated (e.g., yarn that is considered “overstocked” by its owners);

A prototypical project can be replicated across many individuals (e.g., many individuals can contribute books or toys, or knit scarves);

For each individual, the task can be defined as modest in scope, so as not to induce “donor fatigue.”

Each project can be advertised in local media;

Where possible, clubs and church groups, as well as individuals, are mobilized. Seniors are especially targeted during the outreach phase. (Not surprisingly, according to data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, seniors—when they volunteer—contribute many more hours than any other age grouping.) In addition, for her stuffed animal and books project, Sandy found schools on the internet, contacted teachers and principals, sent sample flyers, and collected donations at schools. Thus, her skill set includes a considerable degree of organizational savvy.

Sandy runs her operation out of her home, with virtually no monetized administrative overhead. As far as I can tell, only rarely has she spent money, and I believe that was only to get books delivered to New Orleans libraries after Hurricane Katrina. She is the linchpin of her organizations, picking up finished items at senior centers, accepting finished work and items at home and giving out yarn to volunteers, storing items in cleaned, used garbage bins that she induced her local sanitation company to donate.

Finally, Sandy organizes friends and relatives, and others as well, to help her, and benefits from a like-minded individual who in effect “just showed up” to contribute several days a week of her time, on an ongoing basis.

In Sandy’s view—one I suspect shared with many members of the Forum—her efforts have created win-win experiences for recipients, seniors, and children, as well as for Sandy and her associates. I came away from Sandy’s talk mightily impressed. Her energy, compassion, and organizational effectiveness are quite special. Is this on the scale of the Gates Foundation’s funding of research to eliminate malaria? Of course not. That’s OK. To me it is enough that Sandy identifies needs, figures out ways to help needs get met, and then “makes it happen.” Furthermore, it’s not as though she’s fighting off the Ford Foundation to get books to New Orleans. Kudos to Sandy Goldstein.

Scarves for the Homeless

As seen in these articles Sandy is hard at work helping the homeless. Sandy collects yarn, donates to knitting clubs and in return receives hats etc. for the homeless.

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How to help the world without money

The scale of the challenges facing our planet can seem daunting, but we can all do something. Here are 10 simple ways you can help reduce your impact, and help in the fight against climate change.

How to help the world without money

We are the first generation to know we’re destroying the world, and we could be the last that can do anything about it. Speaking up is one of the most powerful things you can do especially if it’s to the right people. Talk to your MP. Tell them to commit to action to protect our natural world.

Contact the brands you buy from and get them to tell you how their products are sourced. Use social media – this is one of the most effective ways to get brands to listen to you, so tell them that you want a change.

It’s not just about speaking to the people in charge. Talk to your friends, neighbours and colleagues and get them to make positive changes too. Speak up, speak to everyone, and make your voice heard.

How to help the world without money

One of the best things you can do is to keep yourself informed – the more you know the better. It leaves you better equipped to have those conversations with your friends and family and the people you want to influence. Get yourself clued up on the facts, stay up to date with recent news on the state of our natural world and work out what you can do.

We have the world at our fingertips, so learn from influential people, keep up with the news and research organisations that are working to make our planet a better place.

How to help the world without money

Everyone in the UK over the age of 18 can vote for their MP. This is an opportunity to vote for someone who is representative of you and your views and will make the environment a top priority.

Being politically engaged is not limited to voting and it certainly isn’t limited by how young you are. Every year more and more young people are working together to show our political leaders that they want change.

We need to ensure we hold our politicians accountable. You can do that by contacting your local MP or attending constituency meetings where you will have an opportunity to make your voice heard. Find out who your MP is and how you can contact them.

How to help the world without money

One of the most efficient ways of lowering your environmental impact is by travelling responsibly. This means, whenever you can, choosing a more sustainable way to get from A to B – walk or cycle when you can.

Transport is one of the most polluting sectors in the UK. But holidaying closer to home can make a big impact on your carbon footprint. One short haul return flight can account for 10% of your yearly carbon emissions, and long-haul flights can completely determine your carbon impact.

If you have the time you can usually get trains to European destinations to cut your carbon footprint. Get creative and try to find alternate ways to travel.

If you do choose to go abroad and are looking to see the local wildlife, keep in mind how to go about it ethically. Attractions that involve you being able to pet, hold or feed animals for money are generally a no-go. Be wary of attractions involving any unnatural interactions with animals. As a rule: observe animals from afar in their natural habitat and look to support local conservation projects.

How to help the world without money

Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. What we eat contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss.

Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water and feed. Today, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is the expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production, such as soy. And producing meat creates vastly more carbon dioxide than plants such as vegetables, grains and legumes.

Moving away from a meat-dominated diet towards a more plant-based diet can lower your impact on the environment. Vegetarian and vegan foods are massively on the rise and becoming far more common in restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, so you’ll rarely struggle.

Not only that, but cutting down on meat and dairy products can reduce your weekly food bills.

How to help the world without money

We need to make wasting our resources unacceptable in all aspects of our life. Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and could end up in landfill. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming increasingly clear, having drastic impacts on marine life.

Recycling what we can reduces the amount of new materials we are making, and upcycling is a creative way to make old items into something more valuable. This could be reusing a jam jar as a candle holder, or using old tins as plant pots – the possibilities are endless!

It’s not just the products we buy. It’s estimated that a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted. Do your bit by eating up leftovers and use any ingredients you have spare to make interesting meals. Try to waste as little food as possible, and compost the organic waste you can’t eat.