We've made it to the end - after nearly a year of making small changes to go green without going broke, we're down to the last challenge:
GIVE TO CHARITY
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What does giving to charity have to do with going green? As I've said before, I believe that sustainability is as much about people-saving as it is about planet-saving. The future I look forward to is one where people care about the planet and about the people who live here, and giving to charity is one way to bring about that future. Plus, a charitable mindset and awareness of other people's needs can be good motivation to put down that flashy new thingamajig that you know you don't really need.
Here are three ways to give to charity:
Certainly monetary donations are important, but when you can, also consider volunteering your services to charitable organizations in the area. In many ways, time can be more valuable than money. Here are some places you can volunteer:
Donate money or goods.
In addition to time, you can donate money to any of the organizations listed above. Here are a few other organizations to consider:
- Kiva: Lend small amounts of money to entrepreneurs around the globe.
- Heifer International: Give a gift of lifestock or training to a family in need.
- Living Water International: Help provide clean water to people in developing countries.
Pay a tithe.
For any non-religious readers, let me just say that I'm using the word "tithe" here very loosely. To me, tithing means setting aside a specific portion of your income to give to charity. By definition, a tithe is a tenth (given to a church), but in this loose interpretation, it can be whatever you decide as long as it's a set amount that you give on a regular schedule (and whether or not you give it to a church is up to you).
Paying a tithe is a small step up from simply donating to charity because you plan for it. It's part of your budget. It's a commitment. And if you're truly tithing, you wouldn't say, "I know I was planning to give this money to charity, but I really want those shoes!"