posted by Talk About Giving blog team
May 14, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
Sometimes, opportunities to give are not totally obvious. We talk a lot about giving financially. And we hear about opportunities to volunteer all the time. But what other ways can we help others? What else can we share?
How about our talent?
In addition to money and time, nonprofits have specific needs that others can help them with by providing expertise. Children’s ‘expertise’ and interests might change as often as the seasons, but we can help our kids find opportunities to use their talent for the good of others. For many, this form of giving can be extremely rewarding because we’re not only helping those that we care about, we are using our personal skills to do it.
The examples are countless, but here are some ways people in our communities are using their talent and expertise to help others:
- Building. Enjoy construction? Good with tools? Perhaps you’re a homebuilder. Get involved with Habitat for Humanity.
- Entertainment. Do you enjoy singing? Are you part of a dance group? Maybe you’re a future stand-up comic? Contact your local homeless shelter or nursing home and schedule a show for its residents and visitors.
- Reading. Do you love to read? Would you like to share the joy of stories with others? Volunteer at your local library or make an appointment to read stories to the children at Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter.
- Running (or walking). Are your kids into running? Road races are fun and a great way to raise money for a cause you care about. Sign-up for a road race or participate as a family in a walk. (Animal lovers in the Midlands, S.C. – See Spot Run 5K run/walk is this Saturday, May 19 benefiting The Humane Society!)
- Professional Services. Do you know an attorney or an accountant that provides pro bono work to a nonprofit? How about a doctor that participates in free medical clinics? Or a marketing firm that provides free creative services? Think about the people you know, their professional careers and how they might be using them to help others.
- Products. What about businesses that provide in-kind donations to nonprofits? How about a printer that provides free printing? Or a restaurant that offers meals or profits to a charity? Do you know businesses that help others by providing free services or products?
What other ways can we share our talents with others? We’d love to hear the examples your family comes up with!