More on Giving Back

Keyboard with Charity Button.In my last post I talked about everyday philanthropy and ways to give–donating money, volunteering time, and providing advocacy. Today I am writing about websites you may be interested in visiting with regard to charity and giving back.

Ways to Give for Free

Several years ago I learned of two websites that provide free food when I click on the site each day–the click itself is the donation. The Hunger Site, sponsored by Greater Good, connects readers with numerous charities addressing more than Hunger: Alzheimer’s, Autism, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Literacy, and the Rainforest. Greater Good also sponsors The Animal Rescue Site, a site devoted to helping animals.

Learning about Social Entrepreneurs

The authors of A Path Appears, the book I quoted in my last post, include an 11-page list of useful organizations that readers can peruse. One of the entries on that list is Global Giving, a site whose tagline reads: “The world is full of problems. Global Giving is full of solutions.” The site lists projects by topic and also by region.

Another site on their list is Donors Choose, a site dedicated to projects within schools throughout the United States.

Looking for a Good Fit

If you want to donate your time to projects, but are not sure where to start, you may want to take a look at the following sites. Volunteer Match can help you find information about projects in your own community. Another site with a section devoted to volunteering is Retired Brains. You will find opportunities listed on this site for ways to volunteer from home and work online. A third site you may find useful is Senior Corps, an organization connecting seniors throughout the U.S. with worthy projects.

Wherever your interests lie, there is most likely a charity or nonprofit you can support to further the cause. And sometimes an opportunity will present itself and you won’t even need to look for it!

-G.

Everyday Philanthropy

Everyday Philanthropy

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What Successfully Retired Folks Can Tell Us

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Traveling on a Retirement Budget

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According to a recent U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of folks approaching retirement age have not built travel expenses or plans into their retirement budgets. If travel is on your bucket list, you may find some of the following tips useful. Getting There Sign up for one or more airline rewards programs. My husband and…

Considering Housing Alternatives in Retirement

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I have never outgrown my enchantment with miniatures. When I window shop, I find myself lingering over items that are perfect replicas of items normally ten times their size. On my first trip to Paris I fell in love with Smart cars. When I worked overseas, I brought home tiny versions of items the country was known…

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Supplement Your Income in Retirement

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Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

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