make a difference 2019

There are many ways that you can make a difference in 2019, both around the world and right here in Raleigh, NC. Many giving options happen to coincide with your New Year planning, budgeting, purging, and resolutions.

Here are a few ways you can give back this year.

What You Can Do to Make a Difference

Give Your Belongings

As 2019 begins, you might be purging holiday items that never seem to make it out of the box, gifts that weren’t quite right, or a set of newly-replaced winter pajamas. In fact, a week-long vacation may have some of you decluttering closets and pantries as well.

The belongings that don’t serve a purpose in your life anymore can be a great blessing to someone else. Raleigh has missions, thrift stores, and organizations that help the homeless, abandoned animals, and people with disabilities. Whether they give the donations to clients or sell them to raise money for the cause, these local places appreciate your items.

Giving Your Time and Money

While you’re budgeting for this year and compiling tax information, you’re probably thinking about write-offs from last year’s giving. What better time to commit to giving in 2019 and decide how it’s easiest for you?

Hundreds of Raleigh groups and organizations are sustained by donations of time and money. You can help in the effort to solve homelessness by providing office help, maintenance and landscaping, or even homemade “welcome home” baskets for families who get new homes through CASA. You may also donate to CASA anytime.

If you like to give globally as well as locally, a handful of phone apps make it easy to make a make a huge difference by rounding up your change or taking your donations directly to specific causes. Some don’t even require your money — a selfie or miles logged walking will do. These apps are worth a look: Charity Miles, Coin Up, RoundUp, Share the Meal, Fotition, and One Today.

Give of Yourself

Giving blood never goes out of style. Plasma donations also save lives. You might even go all out by registering as an organ donor in North Carolina. The donation of blood or tissue can be a gift bigger than any amount of money.

You Can Change the World

No matter who you are or what you have to give, you can make a difference in 2019. Showing kindness to the people around you is a great way to begin giving and make an impact everywhere you go.