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There are hundreds of thousands of charities out there, and a similar number of good causes. You might want to help out – but it’s clearly impossible to donate to all of them, or volunteer for more than one or two. I’ve noticed that a lot of people withdraw from this whole doing-the-right-thing process because they simply can’t offer the things that are being requested. You have a full time job and a family – how are you supposed to spend time at a soup kitchen? You earn minimum wage – are you really expected to give half of it away? So people stop engaging with causes, worried that they’ll be asked for too much.

However, there are many ways that we can  change the world simply by doing the right thing. This doesn’t mean making a concerted effort on a long term basis. It might just mean changing the way you do something, or considering more options when you make decisions.

This blog aims to weasel out ways that we can make a difference to the world by changing our actions – not huge, time-consuming, expensive projects, but straightforward things that you only might not do just because you haven’t thought about it. Of course, it’s great to volunteer and donate if you can – but these are things that everybody can do, and if we all did them, it would matter.

I’m not focusing on any specific cause; anything that helps could be covered!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2012 11:14 am

    Thought you might be interested in the microvolunteering initiative I run called Help From Home, which features over 800 actions that seem to fit within the ethos you’re trying to promote. The actions are easy, involve no commitment or skill, can be completed within 30 minutes and are free to participate in. Hope you find it a useful resource to refer to.

    Mike Bright
    Founder, Help From Home

  2. April 6, 2012 11:41 am

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the tip – your initiative looks great, so I’ve updated my post on Microvolunteering to include it.


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