Donate Your Time
How much time do you have available every week? If you have even an hour free, you can feel good when you donate time to help others in need. The Salvation Army is a christian charity that always needs support in its warehouses. You can help workers sort donations sold in its thrift stores, or you can actually work in those stores. The money raised goes back to support the local community. Ed Young posts on his blog about other ways you can give back and help your community at the same time that you work for a religious organization.
Leave a Good Tip
Waiters and waitresses make less than $3 an hour and depend on tips to make minimum wage. While some are good about leaving high tips for those working in the restaurant industry, others leave no tips at all. Leaving 10 percent is standard, but some believe in leaving 15 to 20 percent. The next time that you go out to eat, try leaving a higher percentage as a tip. You never know when an extra $10 or more can help your waitress pay her rent or cover the cost of daycare for a few more days.
Help Someone in Your Neighborhood
If you know your neighbors well, you know who struggles and who has problems outside of their control. Instead of sitting in your home and watching them, try helping out. This can be as easy as volunteering to watch a single mom’s kids for the night so she can have a night for herself, or you might offer to cook dinner for a couple with a new baby in the house. Don’t forget about your elderly neighbors either. They might need help getting to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment.
Buy for Others
Buying for others is one of the easiest ways that you can give back. One of the biggest lessons found in the bible deals with individuals helping the less fortunate. Many religious organizations need donations every year to assist the homeless and those struggling with other problems. Instead of donating those canned goods in the back of your pantry or the clothing you no longer wear, try purchasing some new items. Buy canned meats, vegetables, soups and other nonperishable foods, and donate socks, underwear and clothing of different sizes for both kids and adults.
Paying it forward lets you do your part to help those in need in your community. You can work with your church and your fellow parishioners to spread the word about your campaign as well. This helps get more people involved, which can lead to more people getting the help that they need.