Monday, September 27, 2010


We’re counting down 10 weeks to World Homeless Action Day on October 10th.

This week’s big idea: Donate To A Local Organization

  1. Your Car
    Many non-profits have car donation programs which support their work.  Portland Rescue Mission's program includes job training in automotive repair for men in the recovery program.  Donate your old car, receive tax deduction benefits and enjoy knowing that you're helping people in need. 

  2. Your Time
    Volunteer to help serve meals, answer phones, prepare mailings, teach job skills, tutor in math or writing, clean facilities or sort donated food / clothing.

  3. Fresh Meat And Produce
    Portland Rescue Mission serves as many as 250,000 meals a year.  Homeless organizations like us that serve food are constantly in need of fresh meat, produce and dairy products to feed hungry men, women and children. 

  4. Non-Perishable Food
    Non-perishable food items are great for their ability to be stored until needed.  Organizations that serve a lot of food especially benefit from bulk quantities and larger (#10) size cans of fruits and vegetables.

  5. Clothes
    Chances are, your closet could use a good cleaning.  Donate clothes that are still in good condition to a local shelter.  New socks and undergarments usually greatly needed too.

  6. Furniture
    Ask if your local homeless organization can use donated beds and furniture.  They might be able to give them to men and women who are moving off the street and into permanent housing.

  7. Financial Support
    Money is an obvious need for non-profit organizations.  Make it a tradition to give a special gift during the holidays.  Donate part of your job bonus or windfall.  Leave a legacy gift such as an annuity.  Become a monthly donor to provide support all-year long.

  8. Your Birthday or Special Occasion
    In lieu of gifts, ask friends and family to give to the charity of your choice.  Network for Good allows you to easily set up an online donation page / charity badge.

  9. Your Partnership
    If you work for a business or organization, there's a multitude of ways you can support a local non-profit.  Set aside space for a non-profit to display their materials.  Donate room in your print publications as free ad space.  Offer a matching challenge to your employees who will donate money to a non-profit.  Allow employees a few hours to volunteer while on the job.  Be a sponsor of a non-profit's fund raising event.

  10. Your Influence
    If you believe in the work of a local non-profit, spread the word to your friends.  Share a link on Facebook, Twitter or a blog.  Talk about why you volunteer or donate.  Rally friends and family to volunteer or participate in an event. 

What items would you add to this list?

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