Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Alternative Giving

This time of year at my church stewardship campaigns are ramped up full speed.

Everyone wants to get their budgets in line and know what we have to work with for next year.

But should this be a topic that we discuss just one month of the year?

Or instead should it be a topic that we constantly have in the back of our minds.

I was recently part of a discussion in which we discussed ways to give and the people in the discussion were mainly focused on money...but there are so many other great ways to give.


This is a really broad topic but narrow it down to something that interests you
  1. Boys and Girls Club
  2. Serving food at a soup kitchen
  3. Delivering meals for Meals on Wheels
  4. Mow your neighbors lawn
  5. Lead a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop
  6. Drive cancer patients to their treatments
  7. Clean up a local park or streets
  8. Check out local opportunities on Volunteer Match
Donate Yourself

  1. Donate blood to the local Red Cross
  2. Donate hair to Locks of Love
Alternatives to Money
  1. Link your grocery card buyers card to a local school so that they receive a portion of the sale
  2. Give away excess from your home through places such Freecycle or Goodwill or Salvation Army
  3. Handmade items that can be donated (such as blankets for premature babies)
  4. Old athletic shoes that can be made into playground surfaces
  5. Donate old blankets and towels to your local humane society
As you can see these things just barely scratch the surface...BUT there are numerous ways to give you just have to look around, see what talents you have or take inventory of the items in your house.

Not only will you be helping someone out there are studies that show helping makes us happier and healthier people.  

What suggestions or ideas do you have for other ways to give?  I know there are so many out there :)


  1. I think that giving money is very important for the funding of charities and such, but you're right, we feel more in the giving spirit when we can get more involved than just writing a check.

    By the way, I love that you're back blogging again. I've missed you!

  2. I personally agree that volunteerism should remain intrinsic in the hearts of children. They can work in NGO and charity groups later where they'd be compensated but they will only truly appreciate the work if they have gone through being a volunteer first. So good on you for doing this.

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  3. I have been in blood donation for last few years. It makes me feel great that I am saving somebody's life with my blood. :)

  4. What a wonderful post and great suggestions for us all! Thanks!