Here are some ideas to get you thinking about the possibilities:
1. Instead of joining an active committee that has regular meetings to attend, how about offering to help out at your church, school, organization, or a favorite charity for a one time event, such as fundraiser or a task, such as planting a garden?
2.Maybe you have been trying to get rid of clutter in your home and garage like I have. Holding a garage sale in which the proceeds are given to help others and the leftovers donated as well accomplishes two things at the same time. Have even less time? Just call a place such as The Salvation Army to see if a truck could pick up all your donations instead of holding a sale of your own. You can donate a vehicle as well.
3.Set up a bank account just for philanthropy and auto-deposit of a regular amount each payday. This can be any amount. The most important part is to do it. Get a debit card or checks made for this account. When a natural disaster strikes, someone in your local community needs help due to illness, a fire, or something else, you will be ready to hep. You can also make donations to your favorite charity through this account or help when someone is having a fundraiser.
4. Sponsor a child. There are several organizations that serve the children around the world which offer a way for about $25 per month to help one specific child. You are able to become their "pen pal" and receive information about them and how your money is helping.
5. Decide who you most want to help and then figure out a way to do so in the limited time you have. It could be visiting a nursing home once a month, becoming a Big Brother or Sister, mowing your next door elderly or disabled neighbor's yard at the same time you mow yours, or driving someone to a medical or dental appointment. Maybe you could adopt a family for Christmas giving and buy their presents at the same time you buy your own.
Think of any other ideas? Have an experience of your own to share as to how you made your difference even though you're busy? Please share in the comments below.