It is sometimes hard to find the time or motivation to help your favourite charities, particularly during the winter months when all we want to do is drink cups of tea and stay warm inside. To help, we've come up with 10 ways you can help charity without even leaving the house. Amazing!
Donate online at Charity Choice
Come on guys, this one is a no-brainer! The easiest way to help a charity without even getting off the sofa is to make a quick donation to them online at Charity Choice. And remember we don't charge our charities ANY commission on donations, so you can be sure more of your money is going right where you want it to.
Spending too much time on computers can be bad for your eyes, but why not spend some time by the phone instead? Charities such as ChildLine and Samaritans depend on volunteer counsellors to reach out to those in need, so why not consider picking up the phone and getting involved on a one-to-one basis?
Help to cure cancer
Cancer Research have developed an interactive website called Cell Slider, and want everyone to get involved to help them find a cure. At the moment, cancer samples are given special stains that highlight certain molecules that could reveal how a patient will respond to treatment. But the process of analysis can be very slow. Cell Slider has turned these samples into a format that can be easily analysed by the public. By getting as many people as possible to take part, more samples can be analysed faster and more effectively, which frees up scientists to carry out other cancer research. It takes just a few minutes of your time to analyse real life cancer data. Anyone can do it, and everyone will make a real difference.
This might sound a bit active, as volunteering often involves being out and about, but charities also need volunteers who can get things done without coming into their offices. This might include something like giving a charity a free website redesign, or doing some online admin for them. If you have a special skill that can help charity, you can offer your time in the volunteering section on Charity Choice and let charities approach you directly.
People often argue that one vote never makes a difference in the grand scheme of things, but when it comes to charity campaign efforts, thatís simply not true. Charities across the UK rely on signatures on petitions to help them achieve things like amending government bills, changing corporate policies, or getting the extra funding that will allow them to provide frontline services. One vote can make a difference, and in the right place it can help change the world, so start backing the causes you believe in.
Everyone has stuff at home that they donít really need or use. Round up those books you arenít going to read again, the clothes you havenít worn in years, or the TV thatís just gathering dust, and offer them to charity. You can donate items to your local charity shop, or list them with us on the Give Your Goods section of the Charity Choice website. This is particularly great for larger items, as charities are often in need of furniture or appliances, and the bonus is they can get directly in touch with you and will even come to pick things up!
Put your English to the test
Free Rice is an online quiz run by the UN World Food Programme, which aims to help people improve their English and also ease world hunger. The site works through having sponsors and is so simple that anyone can do it Ė just answer multiple choice questions and for each correct answer, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to people in need. Before you know it youíve donated a meal to someone who really needs it without even leaving your chair.
You can get involved with your charity by becoming a fundraiser on the Charity Choice website, and keeping this indoors isnít as hard as you might think. You could invite your friends to a coffee and cake (donít forget Macmillanís World's Biggest Coffee Morning coming up on 27th September), grow some facial hair for Movember, or even do something messy like bathing in baked beans! Get started by signing up as a fundraiser here, and donít forget to share photos of your triumphs on your event page.
Plan for the future
It isnít something most of us like to think about, but making a will means that both your family and any charity you want to leave a gift to can have a better idea of what is in their future. There are even tax breaks based on leaving a gift to charity! Visit the Gifts in Wills part of our website for more info.
Give as you Live
Give as you Live is an online shopping portal, and their aim is to turn web shopping into cash for charities. When you buy something from a store by going through their portal, a percentage of the money youíve spent goes to Give as you Live, who then pass on the money to the cause of your choice, less a percentage commission. This means that you can buy all your Christmas presents (yes, it's coming to that time of year) without leaving the house, and do your bit for charity at the same time.
5 Comments on 10 amazing ways to help charities without leaving the house
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Helen Fulton said at 12:13 on 31 October 2016
These are some great ideas! Have you considered making this into an eBook to share with others?
Niamh Hardman said at 09:50 on 29 January 2014
these are really useful ideas, very helpful.
Sarah Miller said at 16:53 on 02 October 2013
There sure are a lot of ways to help. If we volunteer ourselves into at least one charitable organization per year, that would be amazing to know.
Mann Mittal said at 10:14 on 01 October 2013
I think that these are some really good ideas for helping out charities from the comfort of your own home!