Give a little bit

The holidays aren’t the only time to think about charitable giving!  It’s summer and that means your local animal shelters are probably overrun with too many kittens.  If you can’t give money or be a foster house, try cleaning out your closets.  Humane societies often love donations of cat food, old clean towels, sheets, rags, paper towels, maybe office equipment, etc.

Does your local library need help with its book sale, its summer reading programs, or donations?  If you want to encourage a love of reading, try Literacy Volunteers of America.  They help with adult literacy throughout the country.  Toys for Tots takes books, in case you were wondering if it had to be toys only.  Other organizations for summer giving (time, money) include Reach Out And Read (ROAR), which promotes literacy at young ages and where you can donate a book online.  There’s also Reading is Fundamental, which gives new books to kids (some in Spanish).  Child’s Play also runs year-round, though their fundraising focus is the holidays.  They bring toys to kids in hospitals, and many hospitals have wishlists on amazon.  Even a box or two of crayons is a nice treat.

#2 gives to her alma mater in the summer.  :)  She’s also been giving to political campaigns, but perhaps that shouldn’t count.

Got more summer givin’ ideas?  Tell us in the comments.




13 Responses to “Give a little bit”

  1. Chelsea Says:

    Food pantries have a huge need during the summer because kids are eating more meals at home because school is not in session, and people just don’t think about donating at times other than Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    • Liz Says:

      Seconded! Time is also needed in the summer, especially if you are in an area whose college students fill opportunities during the semesters.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Oh good point! That’s totally true. School lunches go away at the same time that giving is down. Pick up some extra cans on your next grocery store run.

    • hypatia cade Says:

      I clicked through to say this but it had already been said. Also if you are in a university town many of the campus ministry food programs shut down in the summer — those that serve students and those that are served by students. It leaves a big hole in the social services fabric.

  2. Holly@ClubThrifty Says:

    I must admit that I am terrible at charitable giving throughout the year. We have always been in the habit of giving at the end of the year, for tax and organization reasons. The animal shelter in our town is only a few blocks away and I always think about taking pet food or toys over, yet never do. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Rented life Says:

    City mission always needs clothes, razors, deodorant. My mom also gives to her local hospice house.

  4. J Liedl Says:

    Our local bank does a charity book sale in the summer so that’s when we cull our collection. Donations to food banks are always helpful – our university has one for students in need so I try to give there in the summer as well as during the academic terms. Autistic Youngest is doing some volunteer hours for her high school requirements – she’s done some with the local food bank (with a little extra parental help/oversight). We find that’s a good way to keep involved with charities we care about.

  5. plantingourpennies Says:

    Also, donations to blood drives. The drives are a lot less common in the summertime, but no less needed.

  6. Sandyl FirstgenAmerican Says:

    Summer is one of my busiest times in terms of educational outreach as well. We do science shows, festivals, teacher training, science camps, and all kinds of stuff like that. I already have 3 things scheduled in July.

    It is also a time that the arts people need ushers for shows, etc as it’s peak season for them too.

    The food thing must be huge for those families that get free/reduced lunches during the school year.

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