In the midst of the pandemic and the current economic uncertainty, for many people, this is a time to be fiscally cautious. Some are finding themselves completely out of work due to layoffs, some have had their hours cut or been placed on furlough and are not sure when they’ll be able to gain back their job status. Some business owners have seen customer traffic diminish or even disappear and many individuals are warily watching their IRAs or retirement savings shrink. Whatever the reason, there are many who want to continue supporting their favorite non-profit or charity but are not confident in their ability to contribute in the same way as in the past.
Non-profits still rely on generated income to continue serving those who need assistance. The homeless, hungry, and those facing difficult circumstances still require help – maybe now, more than ever.
Even in these difficult days, Caring Network continues our mission to reach the vulnerable and serve women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We are a faith-based pro-life organization dedicated to saving the lives of the unborn and providing hope to mothers in need. Adapting our services to protect our staff and keep the women we help stay safe during the pandemic, we have continued to come alongside those in need by providing both remote and in-clinic assistance. But there are many opportunities to help – reach out for ways you can join in our life-saving work!
Supporting Non-Profit Organizations on a Smaller Budget
But how, when your means are more limited, can you still support the cause of your local non-profit? Here are a few easy ways to continue supporting your favorite organizations and spend little to no money.
Participate in Events
Most non-profit organizations are still hosting fundraisers, drives, and offering community service opportunities. Even though many fundraisers are now “virtual” or held with attendance and spacing limitations, they still exist. You can participate on a small scale by helping to organize these events, in your community or at your church. Organize a diaper and/or materials goods drive for new moms. Gather some friends and conduct a mini fundraising walk by charging a nominal fee per mile and raise a few dollars or collect canned goods and drop them at your local food bank.
Volunteer Your Time/Talents
Manpower is always a precious commodity for most charitable organizations. An event cannot be successful without a significant dedication of time by many! There is no charge for you to donate your time – and your local non-profit would welcome and appreciate that gift. Offer to use your vehicle and run errands or drive elderly people to the doctor, the hairdresser, or the store. Many older folks are reluctant to use public transportation these days due to fear of contracting the virus, so a free lift goes a long way. Play an instrument? Have a beautiful voice? Your neighborhood nursing home needs you. Play your guitar or sing in the courtyard where residents can listen at a safe distance. Music helps transport people from their current circumstances to a lighter, gentler place. It brings back memories of easier times and is uplifting and brings welcomed joy.
Any amount counts! A donation doesn’t have to contain multiple zeros to have value. Small contributions add up and can be the difference between offering a free consultation to a client and having to turn someone away. Little donations can make a big change in someone’s life. Check out Caring Network’s What Does it Cost to Save a Life to see concrete ways differing levels of donation can help.
Use your personal contacts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all your other social media outlets to help publicize your favorite non-profit events and extend their reach. With the click of a button, you can easily share all the good news happening on the sites you follow with friends and family. Groups of contacts add up and help broadcast the messaging for a nonprofit to folks who may be unfamiliar. Who knows? Some of your like-minded pals may end up as followers and even donors.
You don’t have to be wealthy to support your favorite local non-profit. In fact, often the personal touch of time, talent or verbal support can go even further than a straight-up financial contribution. God gave us all a multitude of gifts. Using them in new or different ways to benefit those less fortunate will help to make us all feel great about our contributions, no matter the size.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can use your time, gifts, or talents to help fulfill the mission and vision of Caring Network, check out our Get Involved page today!
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8