Ways to give without spending

Ways to give without spending

Tutor students
This past fall, a number of college students responded to my request for volunteers to help families at my community mental health clinic who needed support setting up distance learning for their children. Often they had limited or no Wi-Fi, and had difficulty accessing the curriculum online. Many students were working from a cell phone. Not only did the college tutors receive volunteer credit from me, the families they worked with were so grateful for the tech support and connection.

Share your professional and personal talents with a non profit
Non profits can range from arts programs, to computer literacy classes, to supportive programs for individuals with dementia. One of my clients, who is a college student and gifted artist, teaches drawing, online, to young students who have never had the opportunity to take art classes in the past.

Help parents juggle their work and childcare responsibilities
Winter break looms ahead, as do many more months of distance learning. With appropriate distancing and safety measures, helping parents who are trying to work from home or office, and simultaneously attempting to monitor distance learning, kids’ recreational activities, and general boredom, is a true gift. For example, I have previously played card games and video games online with youngsters, while their parents were attempting to meet deadlines at work.

Give what you can
Clean out your closets and give items away to local charities. A group I know in Washington DC had an extensive coat drive, and gathered hundreds of coats for local families and shelters. My own clinic put together purses for female patients, with toiletries.

Do pro bono work
Whatever your line of business, there is something to offer. A local restaurateur/chef gives cooking lessons online to individuals who are at home, a dietician colleague gives free tutorials online for individuals who have food stamps, to help them make the best nutritional and efficacious choices to use their funds to make meals stretch for their families, a friend teaches daily fitness classes online, and a restaurant group I know delivers hundreds of meals every week to front line healthcare workers.

Support
Sometimes holidays can be a challenging time of year for recovering alcoholics. Being able to help support sobriety for someone can be rewarding.

Give those down on their luck a boost
You can buy toys, put together snack packs, even gifts like socks, mittens, scarves, go a long way to brighten somebody’s holiday season a little.

Share your creativity
Volunteer as a speaker, story teller, photographer, comedian, writer or musician. For example, last summer, I taught mindfulness meditation to groups of elementary school children in Maryland. Your personal talents can go a long way to make others feel they have been gifted.

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Combined with psychoeducational testing, it helps provide comprehensive information and recommendations to help children and teens six and up.

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