When charities want money to help people and you don't have any, what do you do?

Everyone says "volunteer your time instead," but you only have so much of that, too. If you can't spare money, you probably also can't spare time from earning money for essentials. What other ideas do you have on how to help those in even worse situations than yourself?

Update:

Some excellent ideas here. Yarnlady's link is a total wow! I'm going to extend the deadline and see what we can dig up.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I place a notice for the best way to help fight world hunger on every e-mail I send out.

    It is entirely free and only takes the time to click on the site once a day. The advertisers pay for food, and it doesn't cost the user anything.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well first off...charities do not expect you to help if you cannot afford to. If you give to charities when you cannot afford to you will be the next on in line waiting for charity handouts. I commend all those who can afford to help out, but I just tell them when they call me that I cannot afford to help because of whatever situation is happening at the time.

    If there is a charity that you feel strong about you could do a bottle drive, etc to raise money to donate...it doesn't always have to be cash.

    I do not feel that anyone should ever feel guilty if they cannot afford to help out a charity. In this day and age with rising prices, etc we do need to make sure our own home is covered before worrying about someone else. Help out an elderly neighbour shovel snow or mow grass, etc if you feel like helping...it stays in your community and you are helping without donating money.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. You can increase awareness of the issues that the charity supports (for example, if you want to help out animal shelters, read up on the benefits of spaying and neutering pets, and then talk about it to people, and refer them to your charity of choice for more info)

    2. Donate an in-kind gift. You may not be able to afford to give money, but maybe you have some old stuff that you would normally throw away that your fave charity might need. Giving away ole stuff isn't just for salvation armys and good will stores. (for example, animal shelters can uses old towels and blankets, etc.) Some charities need surprising things. My local zoo collects old perfume that people do not want anymore. They will spray it on items that go in the animal exhibits - the new smell is stimulating for the animals. Many charities keep a list of what in-kind gifts they are looking for - just call them up and ask.

    Source(s): I've worked for charities for 7 years, so my source is me.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Nothing if they are not talking to you. If on the phone tell them you have no money and politely hang up. If you pass them by the street just ignore them. Know that someone else will do for you what you wished you had the capacity to do when they requested the help.

    I always say a word of encouragement. Or give money when I need it myself. Sometimes I buy extra food at a fast food restaurant and have given it to someone else who needs it. Mainly I listen to them and mention some places that might help them in their needs.

    Do what you can and don't feel guilty about what you can't do. Others will fill that part. Just do your part.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Connect them to someone who can help them, like your company. Does your company do sponsorhips? Sometimes all you need to do is give them a lead!

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  • hobo
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    1 decade ago

    Help yourself first!

    Source(s): charities that want more & more Money after you give them some
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  • 1 decade ago

    We make time for what we really want to""do."""

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