Admit it. You’ve considered de-friending the person that challenged you to the Ice Bucket challenge on Facebook. The videos that are flooding your news feed are all apart of the ALS ice bucket challenge phenomenon that’s taken the social media world by storm.
The challenge involves getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice, or do both.
The challenge got us thinking about more ways to contribute to causes and charities that won’t send you into debt (or ruin your blow out).
We complied a list of 10 ways to give back without spending any money. Many of the ones that made our list don’t require you to leave your desk to contribute.
Top 10 Ways To Donate Without Spending $$:
Since it’s launch, this site has contributed more than $30 million to charities around the world that benefit fighting hunger. To donate users are asked to click a button on their website that hosts various ads that benefit people and animals.
This app allows you to earn money for charity when you walk, run, or bike.
Missing the days of being in school? You’ll love Free Rice. For every correct answer you choose, 10 grains of rice are raised to help end world hunger. 1 right answer = 10 grains.
Search the web and shop with exclusive coupons and coupon codes on GoodShop to raise money for 100000+ nonprofits and schools.
This non-profit charity accepts donations of human hair with the stated intention of making wigs for American children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis
Raise money for charity with each new browser tab you open. There are a couple banner advertisements in the corner each time you open a New Tab.
Volunteer your time instead of your cash. This site helps you find organizations in your area that are doing the type of work you’d like to get involved in.
Dig out that cardigan that you haven’t worn in two seasons and donate it to someone who could get some good use out of it. The Salvation Army accepts donations of clothing, furniture, and household items. For details: 800.728.7825
Help raise and train a puppy that will eventually assist special needs children and adults. For more info: 866-CCI-DOGS
Hospitals and other medical facilities have a pretty consistent need for blood donations. The Red Cross is more than willing to help you find a place to give blood nearby
What ways do you and your family contributes to causes or charity that don’t cost money? SHARE them with us on our Facebook page.
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*For more information on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge visit the ALS Association website: http://www.alsa.org
Bill “No Pay” Fay has lived a meager financial existence his entire life. He started writing/bragging about it seven years ago, helping birth Debt.org into existence as the site’s original “Frugal Man.” Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years covering college and professional sports, which are the fantasy worlds of finance. His work has been published by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, among others. His interest in sports has waned some, but his interest in never reaching for his wallet is as passionate as ever. Bill can be reached at email@example.com.