Finding extra time, money or resources to make a difference in your community can seem like a daunting task.

Many of us want to make a difference, but just don’t know where to start or aren’t sure how we can free up some of our own resources to help others.  To encourage more people to give, in this article we want to show our readers three easy ways to make a difference in their communities.

1. Collect and Donate Your Spare Change

In a world where pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters don’t get you much anymore, most of us still come across plenty of spare change.  In fact, almost every time we pay for something with cash, we are given a few coins in return.  Make it a point to set those spare coins aside in your car or your home; then gather them quarterly or annually and take them to a local grocery store or bank where they can be converted to bills.  Donate the amount you’ve collected to a local non-profit of your choice.

While you might think that this small amount of money won’t make a difference, every donation counts!

2. Give Away The Items That You Don’t Use

No matter what time of year it is, the poor and the homeless frequently seek refuge in shelters.  These shelters are usually ran by volunteers, who only have a limited amount of resources to work with and clothing, tools and other amenities are crucial to their success.

Whether you’re cleaning out your garage or your wardrobe, unneeded items shouldn’t automatically end up in the trash can. Most of the stuff that we throw away every year has still got plenty of fight in it. The next time you get your hands on some old clothes or other commodities, consider donating them to a local institution of your choice.

3. Personally Spend Time With Those In Need

If you have the means to do so, volunteering is an amazing way to help the less fortunate.  The great thing about volunteering is that you can typically make the level of commitment that’s best suited for your lifestyle.  Only have time on the weekends or once per month? Look for an organization that can use your help during those timeframes.

Additionally, most municipalities have several organizations that require the support of volunteers so your options for how you volunteer might include a wide variety of tasks including beach clean-ups, delivering food, preparing meals or even reading to children.  Choose an organization and tasks that coincide with your interests and abilities.

One Last Thing

Whatever you choose to do, keep in mind that your generosity will greatly improve another human being’s life.  If you feel that you don’t have the time to actively take part in the activities we’ve suggested above, consider sending us a donation instead.  You can learn more about that here!