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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Time is Money

A new report by the Corporation for National and Community Service gives us cause to smile. Volunteerism rose by 2% in 2008, despite a faltering economy and reports of low monetary contributions to charities. Although it would be nice if we all had the means to increase our financial support to our favorite charities annually, it's important to remember just how valuable gifts of time truly are. In 2008, one hour of volunteer labor was worth an estimated $20.25. That can add up to a pretty respectable gift over time considering that the average annual household donation is somewhere around $2,000. So if you'd like to donate to your preferred charity but don't think you've got room in your budget, consider making a contribution of time instead. To get started, take a look at our Guide to Volunteering, check out charities that match your interests and contact them directly to see how you can help. Time is money!

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MatterOfChange said...

I grew up in a lower middle class family in a fairly large city. I was raised to respect others and help whenever I could but being we were always short on cash it was difficult to help with monetary donations. Then one day when I was about 8 years old my father said something to me without emphasis or a lesson involved, just from the hip, that changed my mindset and thinking forever. We were at a car wash and I noticed a cup full of change in the center console and to an 8 year old it was a fortune. I said to my father that we shouldn’t leave it there because one of the car wash guys saw it they would steal it. Almost instantly and without hesitation he replied, “If they take it then they need it more than we do.” That resonated through my mind for the past 28 years. I am now in a position to help out the world with monetary donations as well as to provide everyone the opportunity to do the same without asking anyone to spend any of their hard earned money! Please take your time to follow this link and answer the question truthfully. The results of this 1 blog could change the world forever. http://matterofchange.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/donate-without-spending/