The Big Spring Giveaway!

April is National Volunteer Month and Everyday Philanthropist wants to make it easier for families to participate. We know you’re busy, but it is possible to make this month count even if you’re short on time and short on cash.

Though the average person may not be aware, there are a myriad of charitable organizations around the world that are finding new and innovative ways to make a difference – in no time at all!

Whether you’re surfing the web, playing a game or taking a walk in the park, families can get enjoyment – and a dose of social awareness – from everyday activities that double as a charitable boost.

Computer time
Surf for the earth!  Powered by Google,
Ecosearch.org returns the same search results but with an environmental kick: The site donates 100 percent of search revenues to nonprofits, such as Rainforest Alliance. Make it your computer’s default search-engine.

 Craft time
Encourage children to help organizations like
Make a Child Smile and Hugs and Hope by crafting cheery notes, drawings and cards that bring joy to hospitalized kids.

 Kitchen time
Bake cookies for a local fundraiser to support a chosen cause or host a charitable bake sale of your own to benefit
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

 Game time
Play online games for good, such as the vocabulary test game at
freerice.org that donates rice to the hungry for every answer you get right. It’s entertaining and you’re helping a great cause.

 Any time
Be Someone’s Eyes. Provide a free reading service for the blind and visually impaired through
Read This to Me. All you need is a working phone and a fax.

 Summer time
Go the website,
Alexslemonade.org to find out how the kids can organize a charitable lemonade stand to help raise money for cancer research.

 One day at a time
Offer your services as a family just one day a year for communal events like
International Coastal Cleanup day or Family Volunteer Day.

Happy Giving!

Day 14 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: THE HOME-BASED VOLUNTEER

Volunteerism is the soul of philanthropy. Done as a family, it strengthens bonds and connects us in a uniquely emotional way. But what if your family is just way too busy to line up a community volunteer project? No problem.

Today’s Give Back Action: Home-based volunteering

Look for family ways to volunteer within the home. Your family could foster a guide dog for the blind (guidedogs.com) or provide a temporary home for pets whose owners have been deployed in the military (netpets.org). Or you could go the website, eBuddies.org – an online pen pal program that gives kids a safe fun way to volunteer with developmentally disabled children.

In an ideal world, your family would have ample time to devote to good works, and your children would be eager participants, determined to do as much as they could to help right the wrongs of the world. But this blog is about everyday life, not the fantasy.

In the real world, you’re working overtime trying to stem the ever-growing tide of to-do lists, deadlines, overflowing laundry baskets, soccer games, dance practice, and homework. There’s not a lot of time or energy left over for much else. That’s why, when it comes to families and acts of giving, do only what you can manage.

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 9 of 30 Days/30 Ways: PLAY GAMES FOR A GOOD CAUSE

There are far too many ways to waste time online, as most of us have discovered firsthand. But sometimes it’s possible to engage in a little guilty pleasure and help someone out at the same time. 

For instance, if you feel like a slouch when you blow a half hour playing solitaire on your computer, try some “good gaming.” There are a small but increasing number of online games that aim to educate us (as they entertain) on a variety of social issues.

 

Today’s Action – Goof Off for a Good Cause

 
Learn new words with the free vocabulary test at FreeRice.org, and for every answer you get right, the United Nations will donate twenty grains of rice to international food programs. With difficulty levels ranging from 1 to 60, the game is sure to challenge every comer. Of course, the major gift of this rapidly growing website is the awareness it raises about the current crisis of world hunger. Check out these other online trivia games: HelpThirst.com and FreePoverty.com.
 
Have fun, enjoy the challenge AND make a difference!

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.



A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 5 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~ TURN YOUR PET INTO A VOLUNTEER

People aren’t the only creatures that get sick or injured. Pets do too. Every day dogs just like yours need blood transfusions.

You can sign up your family pet as a blood donor with the nearest canine blood collection agency. The donation procedure is simple, and your pet is not sedated. Instead of juice and a cookie, your pet will get a treat and belly rub.

Although dogs are currently the leaders in veterinary blood donation, some collection locations are now taking blood donations from cats and other animals. Get in touch with The Pet Blood Bank or Canadian Animal Blood Services to see how your pet can help another animal in need.

 

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!


~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 2 of 30Days/30 Ways of National Volunteer Month – GET CLICKING

I have a little secret: Because I work at home most days, I stay in my pajamas as long as I can. I watch my children play outside my office while I tap away on my computer, catch up on e-mails, and prepare my writing assignments for the day. Early morning is a wonderful, relaxing time in my home. I enjoy the leisurely pace (and the comfy work clothes) and look forward to the day before me. Oh, and one other thing: I contribute in various ways to at least twenty charitable causes online, without spending a dime, every single day, all before I finish my morning coffee.


This is something most of us don’t realize—you don’t need to leave your computer to make a difference. The Internet has reinvented the world of giving and activism making it’s easier than ever to support the causes we care about. That’s good for us, and it’s especially good for the groups that benefit from our support.
 
Today’s Action – Get Clicking!



Five minutes a day on click-to-donate websites will cover some serious philanthropic ground. Sites such as HungryChildren.com (where your click will help provide food, medication, and other necessities to a child), the Tarahumara Children’s Hospital Fund (giveaminute.org), where you can click to donate one minute of medical care to a child), and TheChildHealthSite.com (which helps children get the health care they need) all are set up to receive donations from advertisers and sponsors on a per-click basis. My daily click-to-donate sites are Care2.com, TheHungerSite.com, and TheNonProfits.com, which support causes ranging from feeding abandoned animals to educating children in developing countries. To find more check out Charity Click Donation (charityclickdonation.com).
 

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!! ~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.



A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.


In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.
 
Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back!
 
 

Day 1 – 30 Days/30 Ways National Volunteer Month – Volunteer Opps

Welcome to Day 1 of our 30 Days/30 Ways to Celebrate National Volunteer Month!

Today, we’re going to focus on “traditional” volunteerism and give you a few options to get started both in your community and around the world (even from the comfort of your computer).

It’s important to keep in mind that “volunteerism” is not a sprint, but rather a marathon of sorts. We don’t want to fall into the trap of overextending ourselves – we’re already busy enough! Therefore, we need to find an activity that we can work into our already hectic schedule – and commit to it. Drastically and abruptly changing a routine all at once may to lead to feeling overwhelmed.

A more realistic approach to volunteerism is to take it one step at a time – be flexible and work with charities who offer “flexible” opportunities (there are plenty of them!). For example, I recently spoke with a busy mother of three from Long Island New York, who volunteers a few spare hours each week as a career mentor for other women, via the Internet. If free time is a major obstacle to volunteering, consider using online tools to reach out to the charities in need. Volunteering online is a great way to help make a difference in someone’s life – whenever it’s convenient for you to get connected. Little by little, a few balanced hours of volunteering, will make an impact.

Local Opportunitiesserve.gov its the US Government’s nation-wide service initiative that encourages Americans to get involved in community service and to develop “do it yourself” service projects. President Obama is asking all Americans to participate in the economic recovery by getting involved in their community service efforts. The website is an online volunteer resource that enables citizens to search for volunteer and service project opportunities in their areas. On there, you’ll find handy toolkits for organizing a book drive, supporting a community garden, preparing your community for disasters or creating your own project and finding the help you need if you’re already involved in community service.

Online Volunteering – Log on your computer to Become a virtual volunteer for the United Nations at onlinevolunteering.org and experience the flexibility of internet volunteerism.

Think of giving is an opportunity, not an obligation.

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!! ~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.
A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy! 

5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.

30 Days/30 Ways – National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month is rapidly approaching (April 1-30).

What are you going to do to give back?

If you’re like most people you may be wondering how you’ll find the extra money or spare time to make a difference, right? In today’s economy and busy-ness, most of us don’t have a lot of time or money to donate.  We would like to help out the causes we care about, but finding a way to give back usually becomes overwhelming and we push it off until another day.

Well, in honor of National Volunteer Month, Everyday Philanthropist is going to give you one action each day during the month of April that is simple, cash-free and time-flexible for ordianry people who want to help!

With everyone’s busy lives in mind, I give you actions that anyone can start and finish within the course of one day, often within an hour or less.

Starting in April, people can visit this Everyday Philanthropist blog, Everyday Philanthropist on Twitter and Everyday Philanthropist’s Facebook page to get daily inspiration on ways to give back. 

Some of the simple volunteer tips and philanthropy ideas included in the “30 Days/30 Ways” campaign include:



— Play for a cause.  Freerice.org donates rice to the hungry for each answer you get right on this (rather addictive) vocabularly game.


— Mentor a child.  Don’t have a lot of time to volunteer?  No problem.  Find flexible mentoring options online at places like Hangproud.com.

— Reuse a Shoe.  Donate old sneakers to Nike-Reuse-a-Shoe, where they’ll be recylced into safe playground spaces for children.


— Smart Spending.  Shop your favorite stores at online charity malls and a portion of your purchase price is donated to your charity of choice.


GIVEAWAY!!! ~ In addition, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers throughout this month.  Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.  A prize pack, including copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country. 

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter.  Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page.  5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.   Contest starts today!

Good luck and see you all in 2 days to start our 30Days/30Ways Program!