It is really easy to become overwhelmed into inaction due to all the thing that are wrong with the world. We are left feeling frustrated and powerless. Unable to do anything to make the changes necessary to correct the mistakes of our forefathers and restore some “goodness” into our community. While at the same time, attempting to save the planet! I mean, how does one individual, or even a handful of like-minded individuals take on the politicians, tycoons, mining companies, developers, polluters, poachers, abusers and many others who are not only contributing significantly to the demise of the planet, but also to the deterioration of social consciousness?
My solution to this problem is to focus on the things that are right with the world, and offer my support there. Now, we have a lot of fantastic charities out there. Big organisations who are making some vital changes to the world. Greenpeace, WWF, PETA, UNICEF, RSPCA, Plan, National Geographic Society and Friends of the Planet to name a few. These organisations still need our donations as much as possible. But I also like to seek out the smaller groups. The unsung heroes in the far corners of the Earth who are doing amazing things, without the public accolades and with very little financial support. Some of the most profound positive changes in this world will be made by these smaller charities. Think the “Butterfly Effect”.
So, what if you have exhausted all your spare funds and have no spare cash to offer? There are 3 ways you can still help:
- Approach your employer (particularly if you work for a large corporation). Ask them to donate goods or money to your chosen charity. Businesses get inundated with requests for assistance from various charities. This can cause annoyance, and often, requests are dismissed without any serious consideration. But, if the request is made by an employee of the company, the answer is more likely to be “yes”. The company is more familiar with you and already has a positive relationship with you.
- Volunteer your assistance. It’s hard to find the time to do this, but if you incorporate your family time into your charity work, then you will not only provide valuable manpower to a charity in need, but also instill social awareness into your children and fellow family members.
- Ask for donations in lieu of gifts. This practice is becoming more and more popular, particularly at weddings. (Who needs 8 toasters anyway?) By sending out donor cards with your invitations which detail the charity you would like to support, your guest can fill the information in with the particulars of the donation they have made on your behalf and return it to you at the wedding. This way, you will still be able to acknowledge the donation gift by sending the guest a ‘thank you’ note after the event. (Just quietly, this method also encourages the guest to actually follow through with making the donation!)
The aim of this page is to bring into the spotlight some of the unsung heroes who have touched my heart. Whether you are inspired to contribute financially to one of my favourite charities or, perhaps, seek out your own, it is entirely up to you. Please feel free to post a comment here if you know of such a small charity in your community and I will add them to the list.