Organizing to Do Good: Working Charity into Your Life

Published Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:47 PM


When your days are jam-packed with the competing demands of work and family, finding time for volunteer work often falls by the wayside. Make volunteering time a priority: when you volunteer, you not only do good, you feel good.

Creative thinking and careful planning are the keys to working volunteering into your life. We've rounded up some suggestions to help you add volunteering into the equation. Ideas include:

  • Make volunteering a family event. Volunteering as a family is a rewarding way to spend quality time with your kids, while simultaneously passing along your values.
  • Explore your company policies regarding volunteering during the work day; many companies give their employees time to volunteer throughout the year.
  • Make it social; many community groups emphasize volunteering. You can meet friends, expand your network and contribute to your community.
  • Not all volunteering needs to be formal or done through an organization. Snow days present opportunities to shovel for elderly neighbors or offer to grocery shop for a new mom. The possibilities are endless.
  • Maximize spring and fall cleaning to donate gently worn clothes and household items that are no longer needed.
  • School holidays such as Veterans Day and MLK Day are wonderful chances to schedule volunteer time with your children.
  • Consider a volunteer vacation, where you travel to another part of the world to tutor or build homes with groups such as Habitat for Humanity.

Finally, we leave you with a useful article from the IRS with tips for claiming charitable deductions to lower your tax bill. Who doesn't want a lower tax bill? Talk about do good, feel good.

How do you work volunteering into your busy schedule? Do you have any tips for making volunteering a family activity? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.


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# buy oem software said on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 9:14 PM

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