I've written before how non-profits are hurting due to rising gas and food prices. But here's also where they are hurting: in volunteers. It gets harder and harder to justify costs. While people I believe want to make a difference, they also want to conserve and make the most of their miles.
So here's a thought: Virtual volunteering. Many, many organizations around the country post their needs for virtual volunteers at volunteermatch.org. (There were more than 2,200 possibilities when I searched today.)
You can, from the comfort of your home, do such things as:
- Web design
- Write grants
- Plan events
- Host a baby shower
- Design a MySpace page
- Make breast cancer lapel pins
- Create lists for fund-raising
- and more.
Even if you don't have the cash for gas, consider making a small difference by helping out at home. Your seemingly small effort could make a big difference in someone's life.