Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Charity in a gas-strapped world

This morning I looked at the day's schedule and lamented that I have a board activity to go to. Not that I don't care. It's just at $4.19 a gallon, every mile becomes scrutinized.

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 (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.

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