How to Practice Everyday Philanthropy
Do you feel like you don’t the money or time need to be a philanthropist? Your heart is in the right place because you want to help people, but you don’t think that your lifestyle allows you to.
I have great news for you! Philanthropy is defined as the giving of your time or money for the benefit of others, but you don’t have to have a lot of money or extra time to be a philanthropist. You can practice everyday philanthropy. Everyday philanthropy simply means that you choose to do good deeds throughout your normal day.
Your good deeds might include small financial contributions, or they may not. As long as you’re thinking about how you can benefit someone else and making an effort to do so, you can be a philanthropist.
Here are some ways that you can practice everyday philanthropy.
Do something nice for your neighbors
If you want to make someone in your neighborhood smile, bake them some cookies, bring them a fruit basket, or offer to mow their lawn. If you have a neighbor who lives alone, maybe you can invite them to go on a walk with your family or to come over for dinner some time.
Donate unused items
If you have children, gather up some gently used toys that they’ve lost interest in and donate them to a children’s hospital or a homeless shelter. You can also give other items that are collecting dust around your house, like furniture, appliances, and clothes. Many of us have an excess of these items while others could genuinely benefit from receiving them.
Call your friends and family members
Do you have a friend that has been going through a rough time? Sometimes, the best thing we can do is support the people who are already a part of our lives. Call and check up on your friends and family members. Find out how they are doing and if there’s anything you can do to support them. If someone is struggling, offer to take them out for coffee so you can talk. Or, consider bringing them dinner one night. Small gestures can go a long way!
Clean up trash as you see it
Another simple way you can be of service without extra time or money is to pick up trash whenever you see it. Whether you notice it at a park or on the sidewalk on your way to work, it only takes a second to lean down and pick it up. If you’re concerned about touching the trash directly, consider keeping some gloves and even some trash bags in your car.
This article was originally posted on CarloScevola.org.