Give a restaurant gift card to someone standing by the road with a sign asking for help. Get a few to keep in your car for this reason.
Be a coach in the Special Olympics. Go to http://www.specialolympics.org or call 1 (800) 700-8585 to see how you can help.
Sponsor a child - This is more personal that just donating to a charity. There are several organizations through which you can do this.
Phone: (888) 511-6443
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are only 2 of many. Find one you believe in and give.
Volunteer at a local hospital. Fix a meal, hold a hand, hold a baby, water the plants, show people around. Again, there are jobs for everyone. Look up your hospital on line or give them a call to find out how to get started.
Foster a pet. Help socialize them so that they may be adoptable later on. www.petfinder.com
Become a CASA volunteer. Be the voice of a child in court. http:www.casaforchildren.org or call 800-628-3233
Build a house - or help anyway, with Habitat for Humanity. www.habitat.org or call 1-800-HABITAT
Take a volunteer vacation.
If you haven't found what you want to do yet, check out www.volunteermatch.org for all kinds of volunteer work, even administrative work you can do without leaving home!
Just for fun, plan an outing doing as many good deeds as you can. For example: Send some fun mail. Head out to your local hospital and put dollars on the vending machines with notes. Put quarters on all the gumball machines you see. Go to a drive through and pay for the person behind you (Make it a McDonald's and you can donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities while you are there). Drop some baked goods at the fire department. Go to a store to get some yarn for the Linus blanket you are going to make later. Put the change you get back from your purchase into the Coinstar and choose a charity. When you get back home, visit all the web sites listed at the beginning of this book that are free and make donations and play Free Rice for a little while. For less than the cost of 1 dinner and a movie, you can have so much fun helping others.
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no person can help another without helping themselves.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have a great day!